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Are gym memberships tax deductible?

While a taxpayer may deduct medical expenses on their tax return, gym memberships do not qualify as an allowable medical expense.

The visual below lists out medical expenses that are not tax deductible. Gym memberships are included in #2 under medical expenses that are not deductible! While it might be tempting, don’t try to sneak this one pass the IRS. They are digitally fit when it comes to finding medical expenses that aren’t deductible!


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