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Gluten-Free Food Tax Deduction Info

I have some great information to share with you all regarding gluten-free food tax deductions.  I have never used this, but I have had many people ask me about it. 

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Please continue to read below for information from the NFCA:

Things You Should Know Before Filing for a Gluten-Free Food Tax Deduction

It’s no secret that gluten-free food packaged food is oftentimes more expensive than its gluten-containing counterparts, but did you know you might be eligible for a tax deduction to help make up the difference?
If you have never filed for a tax deduction for your gluten-free food purchases, there are some important things you should know before you do:

1. You Need an Official Diagnosis to be Eligible
Many people are eating gluten-free for a variety of reasons, but only those with an official diagnosis with a gluten-related disorder will be eligible for a tax deduction. You’ll need a prescription from your doctor for a gluten-free diet as your treatment option as well.

2. Keep Track of Your Food Purchases the Entire Year In order to receive the tax deduction, you’ll have to calculate the difference between the cost of gluten-free alternatives vs. the cost of gluten-containing foods. For example, if you purchase gluten-free crackers for $4.50 and traditional crackers cost $2.50, you’ll only be able to claim the difference: $2
This will need to be done throughout the year as you purchase gluten-free food. Since you will have a lot of purchases to keep track of, some have recommended using a spreadsheet to help keep track of all of the figures.
Everyone rule has exceptions! Visit the Tax Deduction Guide for Gluten-Free Products from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) to see which types of gluten-free food are eligible for a full refund.

3. Refunds are Only Given if Medical Expenses Exceed 7.5% of your Adjusted Gross Income IRS rules dictate that refunds for medical expenses will be granted only if they are over 7.5% of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) (the total gross income, minus specific reductions). Turbo Tax gives a great example for determining if your medical expenses exceed 7.5% of your AGI.
Once you figure out if you’re eligible for a tax deduction, the last step is moving forward and filing

Have you ever filed for a tax deduction for your gluten-free food purchases?  If not, do you plan on doing so this year?

5 comments to Gluten-Free Food Tax Deduction Info

  • Jan Kellogg

    My husband and daughter are Gluten-free eating………Everything!!!!!!! They went to a Naturalpath Doctor and have been told they must be totally gluten-free. My daughter and husband think they can not get this deduction because Wisconsin doesn't recognize homeopathy and their doctors. I think since WI tells the doctors they must be one or the other, Western med. or homeopathy, they should be able to deduct on their taxes. My husband in gluten In. and my daughter is the same if not worse. Since they must, must eat only what the homeopathy doctor says for the rest of their lives, I figure this qualifies them for this tax deduction. Help! I'm don't have this problem and am still learning about all this. I really need help! Please! Thank you for your time. J.A.K.

  • Great article with lots of information which is very useful to me as well and i have known that I think since WI tells the doctors they must be one or the other, Western med. or homeopathy, they should be able to deduct on their taxes. My husband in gluten In. and my daughter is the same if not worse. Since they must, must eat only what the homeopathy doctor says for the rest of their lives, I figure this qualifies them for this tax deduction. Now i can suggest the discussion to my all friends.

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