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FACTCHECK: Can you get tax back on the cost of your face mask?


With face coverings now mandatory in all shops and many public spaces due to COVID-19, many taxpayers have been wondering whether the cost of purchasing masks and face coverings are considered and eligible medical expense.

As the purpose behind the masks is to stop the spread of the virus, many taxpayers have been wondering whether the money they have spent on face coverings qualifies as an eligible medical expense.

Tax relief at 20% is available for a wide range of medical expenses including doctor & consultant bills, prescriptions, physio, non-routine dental care and much more.

But if you’re about to claim tax relief on your mask receipts, it might be time to think again.

In short, Revenue have yet to indicate that face masks qualify as a medical expense.

However, it would not be unprecedented for the government to offer tax relief on face coverings.

In fact, some countries have already begun including face masks as a medical expense, for example – in Australia, workers that require physical contact or close proximity with customers or clients during COVID-19 measures may be able to claim a deduction for purchasing face masks.

After all, masks have only been made mandatory very recently. Revenue is likely still considering its position on the issue.

So while you can’t claim tax back on your masks just yet, the good news is that there are a number of common medical expenses that can be claimed right now!

Here's some examples of medical expenses that qualify for relief:

1. Doctor fees

Did you know that every time you visit the doctor, you're entitled to claim tax relief at 20%?

So if you pay €300 in GP bills this year, you are entitled to claim back €60!

What's more, you are entitled to claim if you pay the cost for yourself or on behalf of a loved one.

2. Physiotherapy

Have a twinge in your back recently? Do your knees give you trouble?

If you pay for sessions with a physio, you're entitled to claim tax back.

Chiropractors, osteopaths, and acupuncture all fall under this category too, as long as you visit a qualified practitioner.

3. Non-routine dental expenses

If you have been to the dentist and paid for non-routine expenses such as crowns, veneers, root canals, and bridgework, and more – you will be entitled to a tax refund of 20% of the cost.

4. Prescriptions

You are entitled to claim back on the costs of a medication that a doctor prescribes you.

You may also claim back on costs of maintaining a suitable diet if you're Coeliac or Diabetic and your doctor advises it!

5. Scans and diagnostic procedures

Not many people know that you can claim back on the costs associated with X-Rays, MRIs and CAT scans, as well as other diagnostic procedures.

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Rory Lynskey - Digital Content Executive @ Taxback.com

Rory is the Digital Content Executive at Taxback.com. Rory graduated from Technological University Dublin with a degree in Journalism in 2019, and has had his work published both online and in print at a national and regional level.

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