Tax Deductions for Gluten Free Food

We all know that “gluten-free” food can be expensive, very expensive as compared to the traditional wheat counterparts. But there is some relief when you file your taxes. With a recorded Celiac diagnosis you are able to use increased gluten-free food costs as tax deductions because it is a medical necessity.

Here’s a simple guide to help you better understand this deduction and how it could benefit you and your family.

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Step 1: Get A Doctor’s Note
Request an official, written celiac diagnosis from your doctor. Submit this documentation with your other completed forms and make sure to keep a copy for your records!

Step 2: Save Your Receipts
Keep receipts of all gluten-free purchases from grocery stores, bakeries and anywhere else you buy gluten-free items.

Step 3: Break Out the Calculator
List the prices of gluten-free foods compared to those of regular foods. The difference between those prices is tax-deductible. For example, if a pound of wheat flour costs $0.89 and a pound of rice flour costs $3.25, then you may deduct $2.36 for each pound of rice flour purchased. Products like xanthan gum and sorghum flour are completely tax-deductible as they have no “regular” counterpart but are purchased to meet your dietary needs. Shipping costs for online purchases are also permissible deductions.

Step 4: File Your Claim
Fill out form 1040 schedule A for medical deductions.

Find more info here: http://www.celiaccentral.org/shopping/tax-deduction-guide-for-gluten-free-products/

and here: http://www.celiac.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=116&Itemid=207

 

In good health,

Dr. Kim Bruno

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