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Masks and Hand Sanitizer Are Tax Write-offs, the IRS Says

  • Items for stemming coronavirus spread are tax deductible
  • Tax-favored health accounts can also cover the costs
Mom squeezing hand sanitizer onto her littler daughter’s hands

Photographer: Tang Ming Tung/Digital Vision

Face masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes can qualify as medical expenses for tax deductions or can be paid for with money from tax-advantaged health accounts, the Internal Revenue Service announced Friday.

“The purchase of personal protective equipment, such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of coronavirus are deductible medical expenses,” agency said in a statement.