Are long-term care premiums tax deductible?

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

As the average human lifespan increases, there’s an amplified focus on long-term care. You or your loved ones may be considering long-term care insurance to cover potential future needs, and one crucial question stands out: Are long-term care premiums tax deductible? As your guide through the labyrinth of tax codes, we will break down this complex topic into bite-sized pieces, aiming to provide you with a comprehensive understanding while fostering confidence in your tax planning decisions.

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are long-term care premiums tax deductible?

Long-term care insurance premiums can be tax-deductible, depending on certain conditions. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the United States allowed a deduction for qualifying medical expenses that exceed a certain percentage of your adjusted gross income (AGI).

Qualifying medical expenses can include long-term care insurance premiums, but certain limitations are based on age. In other words, the amount of long-term care premiums you can include as medical expenses is limited and determined by the taxpayer’s age.

Remember to itemize your deductions to claim this deduction on your tax return rather than taking the standard deduction.

How Much Can You Deduct for Long-Term Care Premiums?

The deductible for long-term care insurance premiums is contingent on age and adjusted yearly to accommodate inflation. In 2023, these limits range from $430 for those under 40 to $5,430 for those 71 years or older.

For instance, if you’re 45 and pay $1,000 annually for long-term care premiums, you can deduct $810 from your taxable income. In this case, it’s important to remember that only the amount that exceeds 7.5% of your adjusted gross income can be deducted.

Are Long-Term Care Premiums Tax Deductible

The LTC Deduction for 2023

Long-term care insurance deduction 2023 follows a tiered system based on age. Below is the complete breakdown:

  • Under 40: $430
  • Age 40 to 50: $810
  • Age 51 to 60: $1,630
  • Age 61 to 70: $4,350
  • Age 71 and over $5,430

This structure encourages taxpayers to invest in long-term care insurance earlier, as the premium cost will be comparatively lower, and a higher proportion of the premium can be deducted.

Qualified Long Term Care Premiums Are Treated For Tax Purposes As

Can Long-Term Care Insurance Be Deducted from Taxes?

Yes, long-term care insurance premiums can be deducted from taxes. However, there are a few conditions. Firstly, the policy must be a “qualified” long-term care insurance contract. Secondly, you must itemize your deductions, and the total medical expenses, including the premiums, must exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income.

Let’s consider an example. Say you’re 65, have an adjusted gross income of $50,000, and paid $4,000 in long-term care insurance premiums. If your total medical expenses for the year (including these premiums) exceed $3,750 (7.5% of your adjusted gross income), the exceeding amount is eligible for deduction.

What are Qualified Long-Term Care Premiums?

Qualified long-term care premiums are treated for tax purposes as medical expenses. These are premiums paid on a long-term care insurance policy that conforms to specific criteria defined by the Internal Revenue Code. For example, for a policy to qualify, it must offer only coverage that Medicare does not already cover and a guarantee that premiums will never increase, among other stipulations.

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Long-Term Care Insurance Deduction for the Self-Employed

If you’re self-employed, you can deduct 100% of your health insurance premiums, including long-term care insurance premiums, without meeting the 7.5% threshold. However, the amount of the deduction cannot exceed the net profit from your business.

For instance, if you’re self-employed, 60 years old, and you pay $4,000 annually for long-term care insurance, you can deduct the total $4,000 as a business expense.

Next Steps

In summary, long-term care insurance premiums are indeed tax-deductible under specific conditions. The deduction varies based on age and whether you’re self-employed. Understanding the intricacies of these rules can seem daunting. Still, by breaking them down into digestible sections, we aim to empower you to make informed decisions that are right for your situation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can long-term care insurance be deducted from taxes?

Suppose you are paying for qualified long-term care premiums. In that case, you can include them as medical expenses on Form 1040, Schedule A, Itemized Deductions, or when calculating the self-employed health insurance deduction, up to specific amounts based on your age group:
– If you are 40 or under, up to $450.
– If you are between 41 and 50, up to $850.
– If you are between 51 and 60, up to $1,690.

Do you report 1099 LTC on your tax return?

You don’t need to take any action with the IRS after receiving the enclosed Form 1099-LTC since your benefits are not taxable. However, it’s recommended that you retain the form for your tax records.

Do long-term care reimbursements reduce medical expense deductions?

In 2022, tax-qualified long-term care insurance policies provided tax-free benefits up to $400 per day or $146,000 annually. In addition, if your long-term care expenses exceed this limit, you may be able to deduct the remaining amount as a medical expense on your income tax return.

What is the IRS rule for long-term per diem?

If an assignment at a location is expected to last beyond one year or more than a year, any per diem paid at that “temporary” location will be considered compensation. The rule of one year begins from the date when the employer decides that the assignment will continue for more than a year.

How much can you deduct for long-term care premiums?

If you itemize your income tax deductions, you can include long-term care insurance premiums as part of your unreimbursed medical expenses. However, you can deduct these expenses only if the total unreimbursed medical expenses exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income (AGI).

What are the standard benefit limits in long-term care insurance policies?

The “Benefit Period” or “Policy Limit” refers to the maximum amount of time or total amount of money that an insurance policy will pay out after a disability and claim begins. This could be a period of 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 years, or it can provide lifetime or unlimited coverage.

What is the long-term care insurance deduction for self-employed?

Self-employed individuals can deduct 100% of their long-term care insurance premiums without meeting the 7.5% income threshold. However, the deduction can’t exceed the net profit from their business.

Can I deduct long-term care insurance premiums on schedule c?

No, long-term care insurance premiums can’t be deducted on Schedule C. This is because they are personal medical expenses, deductible as an itemized deduction on Schedule A, not a business expenses.

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

I’m a licensed financial professional focusing on annuities and insurance for more than a decade. My former role was training financial advisors, including for a Fortune Global 500 insurance company. I’ve been featured in Time Magazine, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, and Women’s Health Magazine.

The Annuity Expert is an online insurance agency servicing consumers across the United States. My goal is to help you take the guesswork out of retirement planning or find the best insurance coverage at the cheapest rates for you. 

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