Tax Benefits of Hot Tubs as a Medical Expense

Tax Benefits from Hot Tubs

Can you write off a hot tub on your taxes as a legitimate medical expense?  Answer:  It’s complicated.

In a country with a prescription drug problem, it’s good to know that we, as consumers, have natural treatment options. Time spent in a hot tub is both enjoyable and effective for treating pain. Sometimes, your doctor might recommend hot water therapy for certain ailments, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Joint pain
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Insomnia

Do you qualify?

If you, your spouse, or a dependent suffer from one of the above listed illnesses, ask your doctor about hot water therapy. If he or she prescribes a hot tub as part of your treatment plan, you may be able to directly write off the expense or even have it covered by your health insurance.

What to Expect

It’s important to note that if a hot tub is considered a deductible piece of medical equipment, it’s probably not going to come ‘fully loaded.’  You will likely receive a simple, base model that will work perfectly fine as a treatment tool.  In addition, you may have to surpass your deductible before your insurance will cover it.

Publication 502 from the Department of Treasury covers medical and dental expenses. Read the details for yourself and see if you might qualify.  If in doubt, a quick call to your accountant and/or the IRS themselves will clear things up.

We’re not medical specialists or tax experts; we’re just trying to spread our love of hot tubs to everyone in East Texas. Talk to your doctor about hot water therapy and find out if it’s right for you.