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PPE Considered a Deductible Medical Expense

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Personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes used to prevent the spread of COVID-19, can be deducted as a medical expense when filing taxes, according to the IRS. Amounts that are not covered by insurance can be deducted if the total medical expenses exceed 7.5% of adjusted gross income.

COVID-19 PPE can also be paid for or reimbursed under medical flexible spending accounts (FSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), and health savings accounts (HSAs). But if one of these accounts is used for this purpose, it will not be considered a deductible medical expense.

Group health plans (including health FSAs and HRAs) can be amended pursuant to the announcement to provide for reimbursements for COVID-19 PPE incurred for any period beginning on or after January 1, 2020, if certain requirements are satisfied.

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Adam Kuck

Adam Kuck

The first things you will notice about Adam Kuck are how personable and organized he is. As your Account Representative, Adam will be on hand to walk you through your group's plans, conduct employee and retiree meetings, and be your advocate when a problem arises. Adam first joined National Insurance Services (NIS) in 2013 as an intern in the Marketing Department. He enjoyed NIS’ company culture and team values so much that he later applied and was hired as a Retirement Income Account Representative for NIS and MidAmerica Administrative & Retirement Solutions. Adam specializes in Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), and 403(b) Special Pay Plans (SPP) for clients in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma. He is a licensed Health and Life insurance agent and a registered securities representative with his Series 6 and 63 licenses.