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You can also receive EITC for a child who is permanently and totally disabled.  Your qualifying child is permanently and totally disabled if both of the following apply:

Your child cannot engage in any substantial gainful activity because of a physical or mental conditionA doctor determines the condition has lasted, or can be expected to last, continuously for at least a year or can lead to deathTo prove your claim of EITC for a child who is permanently and totally disabled, you need a letter from the child's doctor, other healthcare provider or any social service program or agency verifying the child is permanently and totally disabled.

Visit the IRS EITC webpage for more information.

Health Coverage Tax CreditAccording to the Internal Revenue Service, when figuring your deductions for medical expenses, you can generally include medical and dental expenses you have paid for yourself, your spouse and your dependents.  To do so, you must complete and submit Form 8885 and all required supporting documents with your federal income tax return.  Once the IRS processes your tax return, the credit will be applied to your taxes due, or, if it is more than the taxes you owe, it will be issued as a refund.

The IRS defines medical expenses as "the costs of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease, and the costs for treatments affecting any part or function of the body. These expenses include payments for legal medical services rendered by physicians, surgeons, dentists and other medical practitioners. They include the costs of equipment, supplies, diagnostic devices and transportation needed for medical care."  Examples of these expenses include:

Artificial limbs, contact lenses, eyeglasses and hearing aids

Difference between the cost of obtaining Braille editions over the price of regular printed material

Special equipment installed in a home, or for improvements, if their main purpose is medical care for you, your spouse or your dependents.

Costs of buying, training and maintaining a guide dog or other service animal to assist a visually impaired or hearing disabled person, or a person with other physical disabilities.

Costs of tutoring for learning disabilities caused by mental or physical impairment.

Costs for a school furnishing special education if the principal reason for attendance is overcoming a learning disability.  Special education includes teaching Braille, lip reading and remedial language training to correct a condition caused by a birth defect.

Special telephone equipment including teletypewriter and telecommunications devices.

Autoette (three-wheeled motorized chair) or a wheelchair used mainly for the relief of sickness or disability.

You can deduct on Schedule A (Form 1040) only the amount of your medical and dental expenses that is more than 7.5 percent of your Adjusted Gross Income (Form 1040, line 38).  You can find more information and examples of how to determine this deduction in the IRS publication Medical and Dental Expenses.

Resources for Assistance

IRS Publications. Find IRS Publications online.

Military OneSource. Visit Military OneSource online for articles on tax planning and preparation such as Filing Your Taxes Without the Headache and to find information on assistance available on military installations.

MilitaryINSTALLATIONS. Use the MilitaryINSTALLATIONS application to locate your Family Center Office.

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