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What Are The Rules For Claiming Medical Expenses?

You can claim medical expenses for yourself, your spouse and qualifying dependants (special rules applicable for qualifying dependants). You are allowed to claim medical expenses for any 12-month period ending in the year and not claimed for the previous year. You can also combine medical expenses and claim them on one tax return.

It is generally best to have spouses combine all the medical expenses and then claim them on the tax return of the lower-income spouse (assuming the lower-income spouse has enough tax payable to make use of the tax credit). You can project the taxes both ways to see which provides the most tax savings. Note that this is a summary of the federal rules and provincial rules will differ.



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