In the estate planning business we help people plan for the future, not only for their children and heirs but for themselves as well; which is why we are pleased to share the news that it just got a little bit easier to plan for your own financial future, because according to this article on Emax Health the IRS has just approved higher tax deductions for long-term care insurance.
Advancements in health care and our standard of living mean that Americans are living longer than ever before, but that doesn’t mean they’re living better in their old age. Very few of us get to be healthy and hearty until our dying days; rather, most aging Americans will experience a slow decline in their mental and physical health, and require some kind of nursing care, either at home or in a nursing facility. Unfortunately, the cost of that care is prohibitively expensive, and once a patient’s own financial resources have been exhausted the burden then falls on their family, or they end up relying on government benefits.
Long-term care insurance is one way of planning ahead to pay for the nursing care that most of us will almost assuredly need. The higher tax deductions approved by the IRS offer one more reason to consider long-term care insurance: by planning for your future you can save on your taxes right now. But do your research and consult with a professional before you jump in, because the deductions are available only on “qualified” policies, and there are limits to how large a premium can be deducted depending on the age of the taxpayer at the end of the year.