100% Health Insurance Deduction

Q. How much can I deduct for my health insurance?

A. A self-employed person with a net profit reported on Schedule C may deduct 100 per cent of the amount paid for medical and dental insurance and qualified long-term care insurance paid for you, your spouse and your dependents on line 29 of Form 1040. The insurance plan must be established under your business. Medicare B premium payments qualify for this deduction paid by you.

The deduction is limited to your net profit on the Schedule C. If all or part of the health insurance amount is not allowed in this section, the balance may be deducted on Schedule A under medical expenses subject to the 7.5% percent minimum.

Before April, 2010, no deduction was allowed for any month that you were eligible to participate in any subsidized health plan maintained by your or your spouse’s employer.

Qualified long-term care insurance premiums may be included in this health insurance deduction up to the following amounts for 2013:

Age 40 or younger
Age 41 to 50
Age 51 to 60
Age 61 to 70
Age 71 or older
$ 360
$ 680
$ 1,360
$ 3,640
$ 4,550