Using Radon Mitigation as a Medical Expense Deduction: Tax Strategies and Savings

Installing a radon mitigation system in your home to reduce lung cancer risks is a smart investment in your family’s health. But did you know the cost of radon mitigation, when deemed medically necessary, can also be partly claimed as a federal tax deduction for medical expenses? Understanding the radon mitigation medical tax deduction criteria maximizes returns for homeowners.

The Health Threat of Radon Gas Exposure

Radon is an invisible, radioactive gas that arises from natural uranium decay underground. It infiltrates homes through small cracks and gaps in foundation floors and walls. As radon accumulates inside, it decays into radioactive particles that lodge in lungs when inhaled. These particles release radiation that causes lung tissue cell mutations, eventually leading to cancer.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking, according to the EPA. Roughly 21,000 lung cancer deaths occur annually due to radon. The only effective way to reduce radon health risks is to install a mitigation system that vents radon from beneath the home.

Criteria for Claiming Radon Mitigation as a Medical Expense

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) allows taxpayers to deduct certain medical expenses that exceed 7.5% of their adjusted gross income, including some home improvements like radon remediation when the strict criteria below are met:

  • Medically necessary – A certified doctor must state the radon mitigation is needed to treat your radon-related medical illness or prevent future illness due to current hazardous radon levels. Get a signed physician’s statement documenting the necessity and expenses.
  • Diagnosis provided – Your diagnosis and/or preceding radon test results showing high levels must be included. A general radon risk fear alone does not qualify.
  • Primary purpose is medical – The main reason for installing the radon mitigation system must be medically necessary treatment or prevention, not general home improvement.
  • Mitigation system must be professional installed – Only contractor expenses qualify, not DIY materials. Itemized paid invoices are required.
  • Deduction limited to costs directly related to radon remediation – Any home upgrades or bonuses that are not essential parts of the radon venting system don’t qualify. Vent fan energy costs can be included.

Maximizing Medical Expense Tax Savings

To maximize potential tax savings through the medical expense deduction when installing radon mitigation:

  • Get a detailed invoice separating necessary medical radon mitigation components like piping and diagnostic tests from non-essential costs like renovations.
  • Complete certified radon testing before and after mitigation to substantiate effectiveness for the diagnosis.
  • Have your doctor provide a letter specifically stating the radon system is to treat or prevent illness from identified high radon levels.
  • Use a certified radon mitigation contractor and get their federal tax ID number for IRS reporting.
  • Keep all related medical records, test results, doctor letters, invoices and proof of payment for tax documentation.
  • If diagnosis year and mitigation year differ, deduct expenses in the year paid.
  • Maintenance on existing medically required radon systems also qualifies as a deductible medical expense.

Consult a qualified tax professional to ensure you properly claim eligible radon mitigation expenses. With proper documentation, the tax savings can amount to hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Every little bit saved on taxes helps offset the costs of critical radon reduction measures. Take advantage of tax deductions available to protect your family and make radon mitigation more affordable.

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