Tax season is here ladies, and the IRS has not forgotten about working mothers with child expenses. If you are a breastfeeding mom who uses a breast pump, it is important to be aware of tax nuances when itemizing your childcare costs this year.
The price of breast pumps is deemed a tax-deductible medical cost, according to a ruling by the IRS in 2011. Breast pumps and related attachments can cost several hundred dollars, so if you are a new mom that is short on cash, the cost of a breast pump will be tax deductible if the sum of your medical expenses is greater than 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income.
According to CBSNews.com, “Previously, the IRS considered breast pumps to be feeding equipment, not medical devices. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics argued that breastfeeding has many medical benefits for both mother and baby. Advocates hope that making breast pumps more affordable will enable more women to breastfeed longer.”
Breast-feeding a baby is considered one of the most important things you can do for your new child. Benefits include protecting your baby against illnesses, allergies, boosting your baby’s intelligence, preventing childhood obesity, and lowering the risk of SIDS. The bonuses of breastfeeding extend beyond just the child, some experts believe it can reduce stress for the mother, prevent postpartum depression and lower a mother’s risk of cancer.
In addition to tax breaks on breast pumps, there are many other tax credits for eligible working mothers. Some of these include: fertility treatments, hysterectomies, and other medical and dental expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income. Furthermore, working moms can deduct job-hunting costs such as the cost of flights, hotels and car rentals. There are also childcare tax credits for eligible parents.
If you are interested in saving money on your taxes, want to learn more about tax credits for working moms, or just need help paying back taxes, it is crucial to contact a tax resolution lawyer.
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