Submitted By: someone
Answered: February 6, 2018 8:57 pm

I’m self-employed and have been paying COBRA for the last six months. Can I deduct these payments as an adjustment to gross income rather than as an itemized deduction?

Self-employed individuals can deduct premiums for their health coverage as an above-the-line deduction under certain conditions; no itemizing is required. While the IRS has never specifically said the COBRA premiums count as self-employed health insurance, it appears to be deductible as an above-the-line deduction for a self-employed individual paying these premiums.

Tax Glossary

High deductible health plan (HDHP)

For 2007, a high deductible health plan is a health plan with an annual deductible that is not less than $1,100 for self-only coverage or $2,200 for family coverage, and with annual out-of-pocket expenses that do not exceed $5,600 or $11,200, respectively.

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