Tax relief on qualifying health expenses


Tax relief on the full cost of the "qualifying health expenses"

Since 2007 tax relief is available on "qualifying health expenses” as outlined below:


§  doctors' and consultants' fees;

§  diagnostic procedures carried out on the advice of a practitioner;

§  drugs or medicines prescribed by a doctor, dentist, or consultant;

§  maintenance or treatment in a hospital in connection with the services of a practitioner;

§  diagnostic procedures carried out on the advice of a practitioner;

§  supply, maintenance or repair of any medical, surgical, dental or nursing appliance used on the advice of a practitioner;

§  physiotherapy or similar treatment prescribed by a practitioner;

§  orthoptic or similar treatment prescribed by a practitioner;

§  speech and language therapy carried out by a Speech and Language Therapist for a qualifying person; a Speech and Language Therapist means an individual approved by the Minister for Health and Children and the claim must relate to a person under 18 year of age or if over 18 the individual must be receiving full-time instruction at any university, college, school or other educational establishment;

§  transport by ambulance;

§  educational psychological assessments for a qualifying person as outlined above for Speech and Language Therapist; an Educational Psychologist must be entered on a register maintained by the Minister for Education and Skills;

§  Certain items of expenditure in respect of a child suffering from aserious life threatening illness;

§  kidney patients’ expenses (up to a maximum amount depending onwhether the patient uses hospital dialysis, home dialysis or CAPD);

§  specialised dental treatment; and

§  'In vitro' fertilisation.

At which tax rate is the relief given?

Relief will be allowed at the standard rate of tax (20%) with the exception of nursing home expenditure which is allowable at the higher tax rate (40%), if applicable.

Claiming tax relief

Tax relief must be claimed within 4 years after the end of the tax year to which the claim relates; if you require assistance with making a claim, please contact a member of our professional Team on the following number: +353 74 912 2820 or email us at:


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