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Stress, Tax Season & Massage!

What are the health consequences of the tax season burden on American taxpayers?
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor, Dr. Jeff McQuaite, Doylestown Chiropractor

www.azzatorichiropractic.com

It’s tax season in the U.S. again, and when it comes to discussions about the financial burden on the economy from the complexity of the current U.S. tax code, most of the criticisms focus on the number of dollars (or hours) spent in compliance. According to a study from the Tax Foundation, U.S. taxpayers spend over 6 billion hours and over $256 billion working to comply with the current tax code. That’s a lot of dollars and hours, but it may pale in comparison to yet another cost: The health consequences of the stress caused by the U.S. tax code.
Preparing your taxes is stressful for lots of reasons. First, there’s just the time and frustration in trying to track down receipts, fill out the forms and even translate IRS instructions into plain English. Nobody in their right mind enjoys this job, and it takes a toll on human physiology. Stress causes immune suppression, for one thing. Adrenal depletion can result in hormonal disorders, sleep disorders and even an increased risk of heart attacks.
But that’s just the beginning of the story. The greater cost in tax code compliance may come from the fear factor.
The U.S. tax code, you see, is enforced in large part by fear: Fear of an audit, fear of arrest, fear of making an honest mistake that gets you into trouble. Even when you make a full-on attempt to prepare your taxes as honestly and accurately as you can, it’s a well-known fact that no two accountants will ever arrive at the same dollar figure that you owe. So how can there be a “right” answer on your taxes? And if nobody is right, then everybody must be wrong… right? And being wrong can get you into trouble. So this fear of making a mistake takes another huge toll on your physiology.
Taxes are taxing to your health, too.
To my knowledge, no one has made any scientific attempt to calculate the health costs of tax code compliance. But it’s not difficult to imagine that the additional stress and fear that is placed upon every American by the IRS must have some sort of measurable cost in terms of additional health care expenses. Those health care expenses, ironically, are often paid for by taxpayers.
So we are paying for ourselves to be stressed out and then possibly end up in the hospital where we cover each other’s health care costs by paying the very taxes that stressed us out in the first place.
What’s wrong with this picture?
But now for some good news! You may very well have been getting a tax-deductible massage and did not know it. Yes, that’s correct! Your massage therapy may very well be tax deductible.


Many deductions, such as medical expenses, require you to overcome a minimum. For example, only medical expenses that exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income are allowed. This means an individual with an adjusted gross income of $40,000 can only deduct medical expenses above and beyond $3,000.
Your medical care expenses typically include medical insurance, some Medicare costs, and miscellaneous costs of health care. These could include costs for making alterations to your home prescribed for your medical condition, removing toxic substances from your home, enrolling in weight-loss programs, dental work, and travel-related expenses to get to your medical care, including mileage expense. Even that massage you got to relieve stress MAY be deductible. Other potentially deductible expenses include prostheses, and ointments or lotions for wound and skin care.
Deductible medical services can be performed by someone other than your doctor. If you have a condition like a bad back and your doctor says you need regular massage, this treatment is deductible. Make sure you get a prescription for massage from your doctor saying you need these services.
Remember that the cost of the massage therapy is TAX DEDUCTIBLE as long as a physician prescribes it.
If you routinely get massage to help manage stress, blood circulation, chronic pain, or other medical conditions ask your doctor for a prescription and get a receipt for each massage from your massage therapist.

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