Tax Policy Center

Fiscal Facts

May 27, 2019
Deduction for Medical Expenses annually
About 6% of income tax filers in 2016 claimed an itemized deduction for medical expenses. The share claiming a deduction and the threshold for deducting expenses have both varied over the decades. The 2017 tax law lowered the threshold from 10% to 7.5% of AGI for 2017 and 2018.