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IRS says masks, hand sanitizer and other PPE are tax deductible

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Updated: Mar. 26, 2021 at 1:29 PM EDT
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(WBTV) - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says the purchase of personal protective equipment, such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes are tax deductible medical expenses.

Announcement 2021-7 clarifies that equipment used for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of coronavirus qualifies as medical expenses.

The amounts paid for personal protective equipment are also eligible to be paid or reimbursed under health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs), Archer medical savings accounts (Archer MSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), or health savings accounts (HSAs).

For more information on determining what is deductible, see Can I Deduct My Medical and Dental Expenses? and Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses.

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