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What is the deduction for being blind?

What is the deduction for being blind?

For the 2020 tax year, the legally blind tax deduction is: $1,650 for single or head of household filers. $1,300 for married couples filing jointly or separately with one blind spouse.

What qualifies as legally blind for tax purposes?

Anyone whose field of vision falls at or below 20 degrees, who wears corrective glasses but whose vision is 20/200 or less in his best eye, or who has no eyesight at all, meets the legal definition of being blind and is eligible for certain tax deductions.

Why do blind people get a tax deduction?

The tax breaks were intended to alleviate the higher costs of living that the blind face. Blind people were more likely to hire guides, readers, and taxis. And they often needed to live closer to their workplaces, which meant they frequently paid higher rents.

What are some hidden tax deductions?

The 10 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

  1. State sales taxes.
  2. Reinvested dividends.
  3. Out-of-pocket charitable contributions.
  4. Student loan interest paid by you or someone else.
  5. Moving expenses to take your first job.
  6. Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit.
  7. Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
  8. State tax you paid last spring.

Do you get a tax break for being legally blind?

A blind taxpayer is any individual in the U.S. whose lack of vision qualifies them for a special tax deduction accorded to blind persons. Blind taxpayers get the same standard deductions as taxpayers over age 65. For 2020, $1,650 is the additional amount of the blind taxpayer deduction for individuals filing as single.

Can you drive if legally blind?

Minimum visual acuity standard Under California law, a driver must have a minimum visual acuity of at least 20/200 in one eye, with or without correction. Meeting the minimum visual acuity standard does not mean a driver will be approved to drive in California.

Is there a tax deduction for being blind in one eye?

Being legally blind in one eye may not qualify you for the tax deductions. To qualify you must have vision below 20 degrees in both eyes or your vision in your best eye is 20/200 or below. If you are legally blind in one eye but your eyesight is better than 20/200 in your other eye you would not qualify.

Can 100% blind people drive?

An individual can be completely blind in one eye and not have great sight in the other eye, and still be able to drive. By, “not great”, I can’t remember the exact acuity, but it is something much higher than legally blind.

Is being blind in one eye a disability?

Better Eye and Best Correction One important requirement to note for all of the vision loss listings is that the SSA will look at your test results “in your better eye” and “with best correction.” This means that people who are blind in one eye or are even missing one eye will not qualify for disability benefits.

Is blindness in one eye considered a disability?

Total blindness (the absence of light perception in both eyes) qualifies automatically for disability benefits. If you have one eye with vision worse then 20/200 and one eye with better vision than 20/200, you won’t qualify under this listing.

What happens if you are blind in one eye?

Sudden blindness (total or near-total vision loss) in one eye is a medical emergency. In many instances, you have a short window of time for diagnosis and treatment to avoid permanent blindness. Temporary loss of vision may also be a warning sign of a serious problem, such as stroke.

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