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health ins premiums..tax write off?


LawnSite Silver Member
My accountant left me a message yesterday asking what my total health ins premiums were for '03. Have not called him back yet but he seems to be inferring that I can write off this as an 'expense'. Duh...I've never included this premium as a write off item...is this a write off I can take?

this year we're getting the ins from my wifes employer as the rates are better than what I can get thru the business


LawnSite Silver Member
thanks guys....man I just thought that this was a personal expense that we all just have to absorb...now this is a pleasant surprise...hey Rod....can you say Cha-Ching!!


LawnSite Fanatic
Memphis, TN
For 2002 it was a 70% writeoff. For 2003 and after it is a 100% writeoff.

If you didn't do this in the past you may want to talk with the accountant about possibly re-filing the previous returns. It could make some $$ differences. Happens all the time.


LawnSite Member
York, PA
The tax law changed in 04 and you can deduct 100% of your
premium payments. As long as you paid for them from your
business. In other words if the benefits come from your wife's
employer, the premium is not deductible.

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LawnSite Senior Member
Muskegon, MI
The other thing I found out is if the total of all medical (prescription co pay, doctor copay, eyeglasses,contacts, dental, ect ect, other than your insurance premiums, if they account for 7.5% of your yearly income that is a deduction as well.

My dad first informed me of this one, then I heard it on the radio as well. I did not have that last year but with the baby bills this year I surely will.

We have started saving recipts, and I will get reprints next time I go to the doc, the dentist, just in case I am missing any.