Celiac Disease Tax Deduction

Tax Deductions for Celiac Disease

If you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease you can deduct the difference in cost of regular foods to gluten free foods.  For example, if you purchase a loaf of bread for $5.00 that is gluten free and a regular loaf of bread would have only cost you $1.00 then you can write off the difference of $4.00 under medical expenses if you itemize your taxes.   Items you would not normally need  such as xanthan gum for baking you can write off the entire amount.  But only items that you would not normally need in baking or cooking.

 Here is how you can get started:

1.  You will need a letter from your physician with your diagnosis, stating you have Celiac Disease.  Keep int in a safe place.  Scanning it to a pdf would be a good idea.

2. The Celiac Disease foundation has a printable form  you can use to keep a running total of purchases you make, you can get the form HERE.

3.  It is important that you keep all receipts well organized with a filing system that works best for you in the event you would be audited.  If you are audited you will need to supply a copy of your diagnosis.

4.  This is for those who itemize their deductions.  To itemize medical expenses, your medical expenditures must exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income minus any insurance reimbursements.  If your home is completely Gluten-Free then it may be worth the time and effort you have to put into keeping track of your purchases.

You can get more information here:

EHow 

The Celiac Disease Foundation

 

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