TAX TIPS for Families of Children with Disabilities
Because parents of children with special needs children have unique financial concerns, please read below for some important information concerning tax credits and deductions.
(If you do not have a child with a disability, please share this information with someone who does.)
1. Special needs kids often require specialized diets. If you have a recommendation from your child’s doctor for casein-free food, for instance, the cost of the diet is an allowable deduction. The rules only allow you to make a claim for what you spend in excess of what a regular diet would cost, though. You need to attach a letter from your doctor to your tax return to make this work.
2. Families with special needs kids often have large bills for therapy and medical treatment. If your child has a learning disability, autism, ADHD or one of the other conditions named by the IRS, anything you spend on helping your child with special education qualifies for therapy-related deductions. You are allowed to deduct the cost of special tutoring, educational aids, transportation to special classes or therapy sessions, and any technological device that may be necessary for your child’s health or learning needs.