The fee for this course is $1,500.00 (USD).
- + reasonable travel expenses if applicable. (Locations)
(30% deposit due in advance, balance due at start of program)
Is the program covered by insurance?
In the United States, most health insurance companies unfortunately do not cover treatment for learning disabilities, but policies vary so widely it is always worth checking your policy. In addition to looking for coverage for treatment for learning disabilities, it is also worthwhile to look for coverage for occupational therapy or counseling.
Many families have been able to arrange coverage via an employee’s “cafeteria” plan. Under such plans, some employers offer employees the option to select a benefit other than regular health insurance to reimburse the sort of medical expenses not usually covered by insurance, such as out of pocket expenses and deductibles. This is a good option when the family already has regular health insurance through the employee’s spouse.
The money for the reimbursement account is designated at the beginning of each tax year. The employee then files a claim as expenses arise that are not covered by insurance; reimbursement may be determined by IRS guidelines.
Under the IRS regulations, this program MAY qualify as a remedial reading program. It may be necessary to get a doctor’s recommendation first to qualify.
Is the cost of the program tax deductible?
In the US, the program MAY be deductible as a medical expense if there is a doctor’s recommendation and the fee combined with other medical expenses totals more than 7% of adjusted gross income.
It is a very good idea to have the doctor’s recommendation dated and in writing before filing taxes because unusual medical deductions may be noticed and questioned by the IRS.
In 2005, the IRS states the following under the topic “SPECIAL EDUCATION” in Publication 502 (Medical and Dental Expenses):
You can include in medical expenses fees you pay on a doctor’s recommendation for a child’s tutoring by a teacher who is specially trained and qualified to work with children who have learning disabilities caused by mental or physical impairments, including nervous system disorders.
For more details visit: www.irs.gov
NOTE: Because tax laws are subject to change, it is always a good idea to check regulations for the current tax year. The information above is NOT intended as professional or legal advice and may not apply to every situation.