Q. What is the mileage allowance for medical appointments when filing the 2017 New Jersey income tax return? Is this the same as for the federal return? Is this deduction in danger of being eliminated in 2018?
A. Here’s how the deduction works in 2017.
In general, under New Jersey statute and regulations, medical expenses that are allowed as a deduction for federal income tax purposes are allowed as a deduction for New Jersey gross income tax purposes provided that the medical expenses exceed two percent of the taxpayer’s New Jersey gross income, said Dennis M. Haase, with Einhorn Harris’s Tax, Trusts and Estates Department.
This includes medical transportation costs involving the use of the taxpayer’s car to drive to and from the location where the taxpayer, taxpayer’s spouse, civil union partner or domestic partner, or taxpayer’s dependents received medical care or medical services, Haase said.
“Under federal tax law and New Jersey tax law, in lieu of actual operating expenses, the standard mileage rate may be used,” he said. “In 2017 that amount was 17 cents a mile.”
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