Tax tangle: Medical deductions for LLC owners

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Jonathan Cottor, Scottsdale, Ariz.

I have an LLC, and I'm seeking some advice about my family's medical expenses. One accountant told me they can be run through the LLC as a business expense, and I've been paying the insurance premiums and any eligible co-pays and FSA-qualifying-type out-of-pocket costs through the business as an expense. I haven't set up a separate HSA account, since the medical expenses run through the business and reduce my taxable income anyway when it pulls over to my personal return.

Another accountant has questioned this logic, and advised me that medical expenses need to reside solely on my personal return and are not business expenses. Who's right? More

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