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May I deduct medical aid contributions as a non-principal member

Posted 10 June 2016 under Tax Questions

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CAtilre says:
9 June 2016 at 11:35

I am listed am listed as a dependent on Discovery health with my wife as the principal member. However I pay the contributions for my wife, my son and myself. She doesn't earn an income and is therefore not liable to pay tax. The tax certificate from Discovery is in her name, can I claim the medical expenses and premiums as medical deductions on my IT12. I reference these articles and would like to know if the information in these is still valid as at June 2016

1) South African Institute of Accounting Professionals article from 2012:
http://www. Saipa. Co. Za/articles/236135/sars-monster’-deductibility-medical-aid-contribution-taxpayer-dependant-principal-me

2) TaxTim question from 2012:
https://www. Taxtim. Com/za/blog/may-i-deduct-contributions-made-to-my-fathers-medical-aid

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TaxTimTaxTim says:
10 June 2016 at 17:17

SARS always find this a tricky one, but in theory you should be able to claim this as you make the payments. Can you have the certificate changed to make you the main member?


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