Submitted By: Fred
Answered: November 4, 2014 8:30 am

My wife is recuperating from an illness, and because I work long hours, I engaged a housekeeper to do chores. Her doctor advised her not to do chores until she’s recovered. Can I deduct the wages I pay to the housekeeper?

The cost of housekeeping services are never a deductible medical expense; only personal care services may be deductible under certain conditions. However, the cost of housekeeping services incurred to enable you to work may qualify for a dependent care tax credit. To be eligible for this credit, the nonworking spouse must be physically or mentally incapable of self-care. Whether your wife meets this condition is up to your doctor.

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Tax Glossary

Passive activity loss rules

Rules that limit the deduction of losses from passive activities to income from other passive activities. Passive activities include investment rental operations or businesses in which you do not materially participate.

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