Costs & Income Tax Deductions
Standard Sessions Costs
Each session is tailored to your specific situation and requirements, and normally takes an hour and a half. Geoffrey does offer a sliding scale, if needed.
Free Session Audio Recordings
The hypnosis part of your session will be recorded with your permission and you will receive an mp3 file via email at no additional cost, which you can play on your cellphone or computer.
All Sessions Are Kept Strictly Confidential
Everything disclosed by you to me remains strictly confidential and is not disclosed to anyone without your specific written permission. See Code of Ethics
Smoking Cessation Session
Smoking Cessation is a single session lasting two and half hours, and it comes with a guarantee
that you can come back to me for one year, free of charge, as many times as necessary, if you go back on the habit.
33% Off Discount for Couples Smoking Cessation Sessions
Couples coming together to quit smoking are given a 33% discount for each person and the guarantee applies to each person individually.
Be assured that I will use techniques that I deem
most appropriate and which will enable you
to move on as quickly as possible.
Additional Out of Consultation Room Techniques Included
Upon request I can teach you techniques for use by yourself outside my consulting rooms, including self-hypnosis, which will be beneficial in assisting you reaching the goals that we set at the first session.
Clients can pay by check, cash, Mastercard, VISA, American Express and Discover card.
IRS Tax Deductions for Hypnosis
(copyright, G. Knight, 2010)
Tax laws passed for 2003 onwards mean you can claim a tax deduction for 100% for money paid for smoking programs. You can also claim 100% for weight loss programs if you were advised by a physician to lose weight. Oregon smokers wanting to quit can now get financial help from their health insurance companies.
Stop Smoking Programs
Oregon Senate Bill 734 was first introduced on March 5, 2009, passed into law on June 24, 2009 and became effective January 1, 2010. The bill requires insurance companies in Oregon to include at least
a $500 benefit for a smoking cessation program. The program must be recommended by a physician and follow US Public Health Service guidelines. The qualified programs combine education with medical treatments.
Smoking cessation treatment options can include 1) prescriptions, 2) over-the-counter medication and 3) counseling. Any qualified costs you incur that are not reimbursed by your insurance company, may be deductible as a medical deduction on Schedule A of your Federal Income Tax return.
You can deduct under medical expenses in your tax return amounts you pay for a program to stop smoking. However, you cannot include in medical expenses amounts you pay for drugs that do not require a prescription, such as nicotine gum or patches that are designed to help you stop smoking.
Weight Loss as a Medical Deduction for Income Tax
Costs to pursue a weight loss program may be deductible on your Federal Income Tax return as a medical deduction on Schedule A – Itemized Deductions. IRS looks at certain medical procedures not as medical necessities but rather “vanity” procedures and therefore are not deductible as a medical expense.
To qualify as a medical deduction, it must
be diagnosed by a licensed physician as a treatment for a specific
disease. Obesity, hypertension and heart disease would be examples of such medical reasons. Even if you have a medical diagnosis, not all costs are considered a medical deduction.
Deductible costs would include:
1 – Fees for membership in a weight reduction group for attendance at periodic meetings BUT not membership dues for a gym, health club or spa. Any separate fees charged by those latter establishments for weight loss activities would be deductible.
2 – Food which meets certain criteria can be used as a medical expense but not the cost of ordinary diet food or beverages. Deductible special food costs must meet all of the following three guidelines to qualify:
- The food does not satisfy normal nutritional needs,
- The food alleviates or treats an illness, and
- The need for the food is substantiated by a physician.
They further limit the medical food deduction to the difference between what the special food costs over what the cost of a normal diet would be. To determine that excess cost for food, you need to know both the cost of qualifying food and the cost if you were on a regular diet. To substantiate this deduction, keep the receipts from the purchase of the “special” foods needed for the medically prescribed diet. The total for this food purchase is compared to what a “normal” diet would cost for a person of your age, sex, location. The difference is a medical deduction. There are websites which can provide the regular diet guidelines for expenditure.
As for any deduction taken on a Federal income tax return, you must keep the documentation for those items for 3 years AFTER the date you FILE your tax return.
(This advice was obtained from a professional tax expert, and is current as of May 2010 -copyright, G. Knight, 2010)
All Sessions Adhere to the Following Code of Ethics
Geoffrey is bound by the strict code of ethics laid down by the National Guild of Hypnotists, Inc
, and the Oregon Hypnotherapy Association
and undertakes to:
- Provide treatment consistent with a diligent duty of care and within knowledge, competence and experience.
- Ensure that wherever a physical cause to a client condition may be either known or suspected, that the client be encouraged to seek medical advice.
- Obtain strict confidentiality during and after treatment.
- Obtain client permission before audio or video recording of any part of a consultation or therapy takes place.
- Refrain from using his position of trust and confidence to exploit the client emotionally or in any other way whatsoever.
- To complete courses of treatment in every case at the earliest possible opportunity.
- To take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of the client and those accompanying them.
- Conduct himself at all times in such a way as to do nothing that might bring hypnotherapy or the Associations he is a member of into disrepute.
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