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Old 11-01-2004, 12:24 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I thought of this this am while nursing dd when she woke up - does anyone claim $ spent on cloth dipes on their tax returns? I am guessing as required health expenses.

I asked DH and he said you can only claim health expenses if they total up 2% of your adjusted gross income. But that can include meds, copay, etc.

Just a thought, since if you got most of your stash the same year you had a baby, doula/midwife/hospital $ could probably count as well.
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I haven't claimed them, but had a brainstorm that you could claim it as a hobby??? I don't know what's required, but it did cross my mind.
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I really think you could has a health expense vs hobby - i would think it would be easier to prove that it was necessary for your childs health?

lol, tell me I'm not the only tax nerd to have thought of this!
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Okay, I'm a bigger nerd, 'cause I looked it up! This is from IRS publication 502:

Diaper Service
You cannot include in medical expenses the amount you pay for diapers or diaper services, unless they are needed to relieve the effects of a particular disease.
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LOL...I never in my wildest dreams thought to do that.... I don't think it's really legal?

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hmm, a disease? bummer, why cant' it be applicable if your child is rashy? is excema a disease?
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Start a small biz selling them, and then all the diapers you buy can be written of as a biz expense right? Product Research?

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I can because I run a home daycare
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Hmmm...

Could the disease be "mother's obsession with cloth and wool"?
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I can because I run a home daycare
really? hmmmmm we've had a daycare for 18 years, LOL
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:LOL
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Yes!! A business expense!

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