Claiming medical expenses on your 2015 tax form

Tax Tips with Lana Laskovic, of Armour Mountain Office Services

Your 2014 Tax Slips will be arriving over the next few weeks, and now is the time to get all your information together.

Do you have Medical Expenses now is the time to get all receipts together?

If so you may be eligible to claim travel expenses. You can claim eligible medical expenses paid in any 12-month period ending in 2014 and not claimed for 2013. Generally, you can claim all amounts paid, even if they were not paid in Canada.

If you had to travel at least 40 kilometres (one way) from your home to obtain medical services, you may be able to claim the public transportation expenses you paid (for example, taxis, bus, or train) as medical expenses. Where public transportation is not readily available, you may be able to claim vehicle expenses.

If you had to travel at least 80 kilometres (one way) from your home to obtain medical services, you may be able to claim accommodation, meal, and parking expenses in addition to your transportation expenses as medical expenses.

To claim transportation and travel expenses, the following conditions must be met:

• Substantially equivalent medical services were not available near your home;

• You took a reasonably direct travelling route; and

• It is reasonable, under the circumstances, for you to have travelled to that place for those medical services.

If a medical practitioner certifies in writing that you were incapable of travelling alone to obtain medical services, you can also claim the transportation and travel expenses of an attendant who accompanied you.

If you have any questions about your medical expenses please contact us at:  Armour Mountain Office Services, #1 – 4353 Connor Road, Barriere, B.C., V0E 1E0.  Or call 250-672-9994, or email: ambats@live.ca