Submitted By: Joan
Answered: May 22, 2015 9:38 am

Is the dollar limit for deducting long-term care insurance premiums figured on a per-person or per-couple basis?

Each spouse who has a policy can take the deduction up to the dollar limit for his/her age. Thus, if both spouses are age 71 and they each pay premiums in 2015 of at least $4,750, they can deduct $9,500 on their 2015 joint return ($4,750 each, the maximum deduction for 2015).

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Tax Glossary

Appreciation in value

Increase in value of property due to market conditions. When you sell appreciated property, you pay tax on the appreciation since the date of purchase. When you donate appreciated property held long term, you may generally deduct the appreciated value.

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