IRS Raises Deductibility Limits for Long Term Care Insurance

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The IRS has raised the deductibility limits for long term care policies purchased in 2011. The premiums you pay for your long term care insurance are deductible as itemized medical expenses (subject to the 7.5% AGI threshold) based on your age at the end of the year. Individual taxpayers can treat premiums paid for tax-qualified long term care insurance for themselves, their spouse or any tax dependents (such as parents.)

The 2011 limits are as follows:

Age 40 or less before close of taxable year – $340

More than 40 but not more than 50 – $640

More than 50 but not more than 60 – $1270

More than 60 but not more than 70 – $3390

More than 70 – $4240

LTC insurance premiums may be paid from a Health Savings Account up to the limits shown above. In addition, a self employed individual can deduct 100% of his/her out of pocket LTC premiums up to the amounts listed above. This is an “above the line deduction” and does not require the meeting of the 7.5% AGI threshold to take the deduction.

The payment of this premium could be a great gift for those who have parents or other relatives who may benefit from this type of coverage. It’s tax deductible to you and provides both you and the covered individual(s) with peace of mind that future care has been addressed. Keep in mind that it is only one part of a solid estate plan.

Source: Rosanne Roge, 2/24/11, www.rwroge.com.

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