Is Massage Therapy Tax Deductible? What You Should Know for Tax Time
February 16, 2023
Is Massage Therapy Tax Deductible? What You Should Know for Tax Time

Whether you have extended healthcare benefits through your employer or pay for medical services out of pocket, you’ll want to know what services are eligible to be claimed at tax time. It is important to know that many medical expenses, including eyecare, dental, and other paramedical services, can be claimed when filing income tax. For the most savings at tax time, be sure to keep a record of any medical expenses you have over the year.

At Athletic Advantage, we are the physiotherapy clinic Markham residents depend on when looking for sports physiotherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic care. We are often asked by our patients; can I claim massage therapy on my taxes? Though the best person to ask about taxes is an accountant, we are happy to say that in many instances, a massage can be claimed at tax time. In this post, we go into more detail about claiming massage therapy and answer the question, can you claim massage therapy on your income tax in Canada?

Is Massage Therapy Tax Deductible in Canada?

Massage therapy is a popular treatment that can help to increase the range of motion, reduce pain, and also help to reduce stress and overall muscle tension. Massage therapy is not covered by OHIP though it may be covered by private health insurance. Whether your massage therapy services are covered or not it is good to know that expenses related to massage therapy can be claimed on income tax.

Are All Types of Massage Eligible for Tax Deduction?

When considering, can massage therapy be claimed on income tax, it is important to note that not all types of massage therapy services are tax deductible. Only services from registered healthcare providers such as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) are eligible for a tax deduction. If you have received a relaxation massage from a spa, it may not be tax deductible if the care provider was not an RMT. Keep this in mind when submitting taxes, as not all massage providers are registered healthcare professionals.

Should I Keep Receipts for Massage Therapy?

Knowing that massage therapy is tax deductible in Canada can be helpful for those who pay for medical expenses out of pocket. Your care provider should provide you with a receipt when services are paid for. Keep your receipts to make the process of claiming massage therapy and other services simple at tax time. For a full understanding of what receipts you are required to keep and what expenses can be claimed on income tax, be sure to consult with an accountant or tax professional.

How Can I Find a Registered Massage Therapist?

If you want to be sure that your massage therapist is registered, choose a reputable clinic with a strong reputation for excellence. At Athletic Advantage, our RMTs are dedicated to providing you with personalized care to help you feel your best. Our massage therapists are registered, and you will be provided with a receipt for treatments. Also, know that the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario has a registry of RMTs.

For more information on tax-deductible medical expenses, see our post, Is Physiotherapy Tax Deductible in Canada?

About the Author

Rohit Soni

Rohit obtained his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from D’Youville College in New York after completing a Bachelor of Science degree with Specialized Honours in Kinesiology and Health Sciences from York University. His passion for health and injuries began after experiencing a string of injuries playing basketball, which lead him to see both the good and bad of our health care system. At this point, Rohit decided he would devote his life to helping patients achieve their goals.

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