Posted on Apr 12, 2017
MSgt George Cater
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MSgt George Cater The travel pay dollar is a dollar. A dollar in deductions is only a percent of the expense dollar based on rhe marginal tax rate - once the threshold of the deduction is reached, and assuming an itemized return versus the "standard" deduction. Good thought provoking question.
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CAPT Kevin B.
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Medical doesn't count for taxes until your expenses hit a certain percentage of the adjusted gross income. That means you can spend a lot and not see any benefit on your taxes. Even if you go above AGI, you only get pennies back on the tax dollar. So I'd expect that if VA is covering most everything (same goes for Tricare) you'll never see a dent in your taxes anyways. Take the reimbursement money and run.
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LtCol Robert Quinter
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I believe the VA will only pay travel if you are referred to a facility other than your normal facility, or when you go for an evaluation. I deduct travel from my income tax for normal visits (65 mile round trip) and take the VA payment when they send me elsewhere.
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