Your Swimming Pool Might Qualify as a Tax Deduction

Article Posted on 07/11/2019

Though home improvement projects typically aren't tax deductible, if you have a medical condition that swimming can help address, you may be able to write off the cost of installing a pool. Specifically, you're allowed to deduct the amount of the expense that exceeds the amount by which your property's value is increased. As an example, imagine you pay $40,000 to install a swimming pool in your backyard, which increases your property value by $20,000. The remaining $20,000 can be deducted as a medical expense.

This is an aggressive deduction that an auditor will look at closely so make sure you have written proof that the pool serves a health-related purpose.  You are going to have to have something in writing from the doctor.  In addition, if you are in an area where the pool cannot be used full time you better document that you are using an indoor pool to meet the doctor’s advice.


Did your doctor order you to lose weight because your weight is a health risk? If so, you can deduct the cost of whatever type of weight loss program you choose, whether it's a commercial plan or a medically supervised center. To take the deduction you must itemize your deductions (long form) and the only medical deduction written off are those greater than 10% of your adjusted income. 

So, our advice for medical expenses is “if you are going to get sick, get really sick.

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