Originally Posted by JoeNational
#1;In 2013 I had to pay 20k of medical bills that were due to an accident. I paid this out of my own pocket. However, I got money from both my auto and the lady who hit me insurance companies. They paid me directly.
#2;I had to pay the Health Insurance company directly because they did not put a claim in on time to get the money before it was given to me. So they were going to sue me for 53k but negioated it down to only 20k. I was given 33k by my insurance (under insured protection) and 33k by hers due to the amount of damage she did to me and my vehicle.
My question is this. can I deduct the 20k on my taxes. I only had to pay this because I have a self funding health plan at work. If we didn't have this I would not have had to pay any of this back.
Thanks in advance.
#1;Basically, as you can see, you cannot deduct anything you were reimbursed for. You can only deduct for premiums and out of pocket expenses that were not reimbursed.
#2; Punitive damages are taxable to the recipient. As for a payment from a company for fraud, this is a penalty and is not deductible unless insurance paid for it. If punitive and you send the recipient of the $ a 1099 for these, then perhaps these would be deducted as another picked up income, but without legal documentation I doubt it.I guest this is a legal issue. You need some professional accurate help from a liab attorney.