Covid US: IRS says personal protective equipment including masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes could be tax write-offs

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IRS says personal protective equipment, including masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes to slow the spread of COVID-19 could be tax write-offs

  • Money spent by an individual taxpayer on personal protective equipment for use by himself, his spouse and dependents that is not covered by insurance may be deducted
  • Taxpayers can qualify for this deduction if their total medical expenses exceed 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income and they itemize their tax returns
  • The amounts are also eligible to be paid or reimbursed under flexible health care or health savings account spending plans, according to the IRS
  • Teachers can already write off their personal protective equipment purchases as part of their $ 250 annual deduction for teaching materials
  • The agency announced the move Friday, a week after it extended the deadline for people to file their tax returns from April 15 to May 17

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes used to slow the spread of COVID-19, can be written off as tax-deductible medical expenses.

The agency said money spent by an individual taxpayer on personal protective equipment for use by himself, his spouse, and any dependents not covered by insurance can be deducted from the individual’s taxes.

Taxpayers can qualify for this deduction as long as their total medical expenses exceed 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income and they itemize their tax returns.

The agency announced the move Friday, a week after it extended the deadline for people to file their tax returns from April 15 to May 17.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes used to slow the spread of COVID-19, can be written off as tax-deductible medical expenses

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes used to slow the spread of COVID-19, can be written off as tax-deductible medical expenses

“The purchase of personal protective equipment, such as masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, with the primary goal of preventing the spread of the coronavirus, are deductible medical expenses,” the agency said in a statement.

The amounts are also eligible to be paid or reimbursed under flexible health care spending plans, Archer medical savings accounts, health care reimbursement plans, or health savings accounts, he said.

However, if spending plans or medical savings accounts are used to pay for the PPE, they don’t also qualify for tax deductions.

The tax write-offs relate to money spent on personal protective equipment since January 1, 2020.

Teachers can already debit their PPE purchases for use in the classroom.

The IRS announced in February that masks, disinfectants, soap, hand sanitizer, gloves, air purifiers, classroom social distance tape, and physical barriers such as plexiglass screens purchased after March 12, 2020 may be included in their own use expense deductions .

The agency said money spent by an individual taxpayer on personal protective equipment for use by himself, his spouse, and any dependents not covered by insurance can be deducted from the individual's taxes.

The agency said money spent by an individual taxpayer on personal protective equipment for use by himself, his spouse, and any dependents not covered by insurance can be deducted from the individual's taxes.

The agency said money spent by an individual taxpayer on personal protective equipment for use by himself, his spouse, and any dependents not covered by insurance can be deducted from the individual’s taxes.

Taxpayers can qualify for this deduction as long as their total medical expenses exceed 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income and they itemize their tax returns

Taxpayers can qualify for this deduction as long as their total medical expenses exceed 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income and they itemize their tax returns

Taxpayers can qualify for this deduction as long as their total medical expenses exceed 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income and they itemize their tax returns

However, PPE is included in the total $ 250 deduction received each year for teaching materials rather than as an add-on.

Last week, the IRS again postponed the tax filing deadline this year as both taxpayers and the IRS face challenges during the pandemic.

Richard Neal, chairman of the House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee and Bill Pascrell, chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee, said in a statement: “ Under immense stress and strain, American taxpayers and tax makers should have more time to file tax returns. ‘

They added, “This extension is imperative to give Americans the necessary flexibility at a time of unprecedented crisis.”

The pandemic struck in the middle of last year’s tax filing season, pushing the agency back into processing.

Last year’s deadline was extended to July 15, 2020.

The IRS has been a key player in government relief payments with the last $ 1,400 checks in bank accounts this month

The IRS has been a key player in government relief payments with the last $ 1,400 checks in bank accounts this month

The IRS has been a major player in government relief payments with the last $ 1,400 checks in bank accounts this month

This year, the renewal is shorter, giving taxpayers an extra month to sign up without penalties.

The IRS has been a key player in the government’s disbursement of aid payments, helping send the current and third round of stimulus checks after the Biden administration passed its $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid package earlier this month .

Americans earning less than $ 75,000 qualify for the $ 1,400 checks and began receiving the payments in mid-March.

First checks were $ 1,200 last spring, followed by $ 600 payments in a second round of payments in December.

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