Deductible Dental Expenses

Did you know that most non-cosmetic dental expenses are tax deductible? Read on to find out what you can claim on your tax return.

To do this you will use the Medical Expense Tax Credit (METC) and this will allow you to reduce the tax that you have to pay or have already paid.

You can claim dental care, dentures and implants as eligible medical expenses on your T1 return. 

Claiming Deductions On Your Return

Line 330

This is where you can claim all of the eligible medical expenses you or your spouse or common law partner paid for yourself, your spouse or common law partner or you or your spouse or common law partner’s children born in 2001 or later.

Amount in Line 330

You can claim the total of the eligible expenses minus the lesser of the following amounts.

  1. $2,352
  2. 3% of your net income (given on line 236 of your tax return)

Line 331

This is where you can claim the part of the dental expenses you or your spouse or common law partner paid for the persons who depended on you for support.

This includes you or your spouses or common law partner’s children born in 2000 or earlier or grandchildren.

It also includes you or your spouses or common law partner’s parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces or nephews who were residents of Canada at any time in the year.

Amount in Line 331

You can claim the total of the eligible expenses minus the lesser of the following amounts.

  1. $2,352
  2. 3% of your dependents net income (given on line 236 of their tax return)

Can You Claim Dental Expenses For a Deceased Person?

Yes, you can.

If the person in question expired during the financial year then you can claim expenses paid in any 24 month period that includes the date of death, if the expenses were not claimed for any other year.

Be sure to discuss your specific situation with a licensed public accountant.

Most dental expenses including cleanings, fillings, implants and dentures can be used as medical expense deductions when you’re filing your tax return.

The only exception are cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening so remember to keep your receipts after every visit to your dentist.

Syed A. Raza Professional Corporation has years of experience in helping clients claiming a wide range of expenses in their T1 tax returns. Get in touch with us for a free consultation.

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