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Gym Fees As A Medical Deduction?

November 16, 2010

Workout GymA taxpayer inquired whether and when gym fees could be a deductible medical expense. The IRS says that a taxpayer cannot deduct costs associated with using a gym to improve general health and well-being and not to cure a specific disease or ailment. However, may be deducible if the taxpayer can prove that he would not have paid the expenses but for a disease or illness. This can be done by establishing that:

  • a physician diagnosed the taxpayer with a specific disease,
  • the taxpayer uses the gym to treat the specific disease and
  • the taxpayer would not incur the gym fees but for the specific disease.

At GAI ( we are here to help you figure out what is a write off and what is not. Give us a call today at 212-979-6830 or stop by for a visit. And if I see you at the gym I won’t ask you any questions until you want to write that membership off. See you soon.


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