by Don Wilson, whose wife Bettie Jo has PLS
Editor’s note: Consult with an accountant or tax advisor before making any purchases. Deductions change from year to year, may be subject to caps, and may only be available if you itemize.
Bettie Jo has a weekly massage, and feels that it helps quite a bit with range of motion. The therapist brings her table to the house and spends about an hour working on muscles and joints. She uses different techniques for different needs during the massage. However, this is a bit more expensive than the client going to the therapist’s location, as long as thy are in private practice. The "Day Spa" businesses often charge at a premium.
While massage therapy is not covered by Medicare, some insurance policies are now allowing some payment or "credit" for the service, as long as the therapist is registered with the company. That, of course, requires the therapist to "discount" their services. Remember that the cost of the massage therapy is TAX DEDUCTIBLE as long as it is prescribed by a physician. We have deducted the cost for three years, had have not had a problem.
There are a couple of things to watch. Many states now require a massage therapist be "certified". Clients will want to check to insure that the therapist is certified if it is required by their state. Also, there are may different types of massage, and the therapist should also be "certified" in each type of massage used. That certification would come from the school or instructor who trained the therapist. A therapist with only a little knowledge and cause irreparable damage. A PA under the guidance of her MD husband, once told Bettie Jo to do a certain exercise. She did as she was instructed, but damaged a shoulder in doing so. A year or so later it took a full cycle with a good physical therapist to break the "adhesions" and return the shoulder to use, albeit some what limited.
Note: Purchase of hot tubs as prescribed by your physician may also be a medical tax deduction. Please check with your accountant.
Saturday, September 8th, 2012
Giving Tuesday was a great start on our year end goal. So far we have raised over $37,000. Our anonymous donor will match every donation dollar for dollar up to $175,000 until January 15, 2017. That's right, every donation you make will be doubled so you will receive twice as much satisfaction and double the number of people you will help with your wonderful and most appreciated generosity. This is 40% more than was matched last year so we are asking everyone to stretch your giving as well to make sure we use every nickel of this match. We can do it!
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