You can include in medical expenses amounts you pay to lose weight if it is a treatment for a specific disease diagnosed by a physician (such as obesity, hypertension, or heart disease). This includes fees you pay for membership in a weight reduction group as well as fees for attendance at periodic meetings. You cannot include membership dues in a gym, health club, or spa as medical expenses, but you can include separate fees charged there for weight loss activities.
- You need a prescription from a medical doctor, or a note from your health care professional describing your need for a personal trainer.
- You should consult with your tax advisor about writing off the cost of hiring the trainer.