Reckoning one: I'm about to use up another bottle of store-brand prenatal vitamins. I started taking them at the same time as I started birth control pills before our first IVF cycle. Way back then, I enjoyed the contrast of the apparent purposes of the two pills I took each morning. Comparing pills bought and days passed since, I'm not ashamed of my compliance.
Reckoning two: We have a giant folder of IVF-billing-related stuff. Receipts, mostly, along with insurance denials and statements documenting the decimation of last year's MSA. I would love to burn this folder. However, check out what Uncle Sam says, in 2003 Publication 502: Medical and Dental Expenses:
You can include in medical expenses the cost of the following procedures to overcome an inability to have children.
- Procedures such as in vitro fertilization (including temporary storage of eggs or sperm).
- Surgery, including an operation to reverse prior surgery that prevented the person operated on from
My best estimate is that, if I go through this folder, and all our Quicken data, and count how many times we drove to the clinic, and add it all up, we'll increase our tax refund by about $4000.
But, "fertility enhancement?!" Who exactly titled that paragraph, now?