A Resource Guide to Successful Long Term Planning

Deductibility of Premium Payments
Individuals who purchase and pay for Tax-Qualified Long-Term Care Insurance policies for themselves, their spouses, and their tax dependents may claim the premiums paid as deductible personal medical expenses if the Individual itemizes his or her taxes (See Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Sec. 213(a) and IRC Sec. 213(d)(1)(D)).

However, any Tax-Qualified Long-Term Care Insurance expenses are deductible only to the extent that the individual's total unreimbursed medical care expenses exceed 7.5% of his or her Adjusted Gross Income.

Further, the amount of the Tax-Qualified Long-Term Care Insurance premiums that may be deducted is subject to the following dollar limits based on the insured's attained age before the close of the tax year (IRC Sec 213(d)(10)).

Deductibility of Employer-Paid Premiums 
Sole Proprietors who purchase and pay for Tax-Qualified Long-Term Care Insurance policies for themselves, their spouses and their tax dependents may claim a deduction for the premiums paid as medical care expenses (IRC Sec. 162(l)(1)(A) and Sec. 213). 

Prior to tax year 2003, only a percentage of the eligible Tax-Qualified Long-Term Care Insurance premiums paid by a self-employed individual were deductible as medical care expenses. However in tax year 2003 and thereafter, the full amount of the Tax-Qualified Long-Term Care Insurance premiums paid by the self-employed individual may be deducted (IRC Sec. 162(l)(1)(B

Further, as in the case of individual taxpayers, the amount of the Tax-Qualified Long-Term Care Insurance premiums that a self-employed individual may deduct as Self-Employed Health Insurance is subject to the following dollar limits.

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