Can I Claim Out of Pocket Dental Expenses On Tax Australia?

Can I Claim Out of Pocket Dental Expenses On Tax Australia?

Seeing a dentist?

Have you ever wondered if the costs of maintaining that radiant smile could be a part of your tax deductions?

As the tax season approaches, understanding the complexity of claiming dental expenses becomes crucial. Let’s delve into the specifics without any delays.

How Medical Expenses Tax Offset Changed?

In the not-so-distant past, the Medical Expenses Tax Offset provided relief for various medical costs, including dental expenses. However, the government phased out this program starting July 1, 2019. Yet, exceptions exist for out-of-pocket medical expenses related to disability assistance, attendant care, or aged care charges until this date.

Which Dental Expenses You Can Claim?

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) allows you to claim dental expenses if they meet specific criteria. These include payments to dentists, orthodontists, licensed dental mechanics, opticians, and optometrists. Additionally, treatments directed by a doctor, prescribed medical aids, artificial limbs or eyes, and hearing aids qualify.

How To Claim Them?

If your net medical expenses exceed $2,120 in the 2013-2014 period, you might be eligible for a tax offset. It’s essential to differentiate between the “medical expenses” column and expenses not included, such as private health insurance contributions and travel and lodging costs related to medical treatment.

Eligibility Criteria: Who Can You Claim For?

You have the potential to claim for yourself, your spouse, and specific dependents, including children under 21 and students under 25 whom you support. The deduction percentage varies based on your family size and adjusted taxable income (ATI).

Which Documents To Keep Safe For A Successful Claim?

To make a successful claim, meticulous record-keeping is essential. Gather information on dental procedures, receipts, and statements from Medicare or private health insurers. A statement detailing your medical costs during the fiscal year is invaluable.

When Do Dental Costs Qualify?

Dental costs are categorized as “grooming expenses,” falling into the realm of private expenses. To qualify for a tax deduction, they must be directly related to your job or income. Maintaining a professional appearance demanded by certain professions could justify the claim.


As you gear up for tax season, understanding the process of claiming dental expenses ensures you make the most of available deductions. While the Medical Expenses Tax Offset has bid farewell, dental claims remain possible under specific conditions. 

Ensure you’re equipped with the right information and documentation for a seamless tax filing experience. And if you are ready to make those dental expenses work in your favour, you can consult KPG Taxation. Their expert tax accountants can help you navigate the taxation maze together.

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