10 Surprising Tax Preparation Tips

Medical Travel
If you or a dependent has to travel for medical treatment, that expense is tax deductible. ©iStock/Thinkstock

If you, or someone you're caring for and traveling with, travels out of town or makes a number of in-town trips for medical care, you may be able to write off the travel cost. Travel methods that are often deductible include car, bus, ambulance, airplane or rickshaw -- and even hotel rooms may be deductible. Keep your receipts, be sure to include parking costs and maintain a log of your mileage if you drive. The medical travel deduction can be made in addition to the medical care deduction you can claim if costs exceed 10 percent of your adjusted gross income [source: IRS].