|claiming surgery as a medical expense for taxes
||[Sep. 1st, 2013|12:37 pm]
I had top surgery in April of 2012 with Hugh McLean in Mississauga. (Great experience, and I'm quite happy with my results!) I claimed it as a medical expense when I filed my taxes, and now my medical expenses are being reviewed. Basically, I'm being audited, and have to provide documentation. I have receipts, so supplying those is no problem. I'm not sure what other documentation they might be looking for. All I have other than the receipt from the clinic is a copy of the official form to change my sex on my birth certificate (for Nova Scotia, where I was born), signed by the surgeon and notarized.
Has anyone else claimed surgery as a medical expense on their taxes and then had it questioned? What documentation did you have to provide, and what was the outcome?
In case any of this is relevant, I live in British Columbia. Top surgery is covered in BC, but I was initially turned down by the assessors on the basis of unrelated mental health stuff (PTSD relating to sexual abuse when I was an adolescent). After getting strung along for a while, I found out I had no chance of being approved for another year, and would then be at the bottom of the lengthy waitlist whenever I did finally get approved. I also wasn't feeling great about what I'd heard about the BC surgeon's fat phobia. Around this time, my mother inherited some money after my grandmother died, and she offered to give me a portion of the inheritance money to pay for surgery with Dr McLean.
Thanks in advance for any information you may be able to give me!