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Getting A Tax Deduction For Gluten-Free Food

Gluten-Free Alternatives To 'Regular' Food May Be Tax Deductible


Updated November 24, 2008

If you or your child has celiac disease, don't forget to talk to your accountant about deducting the extra expenses related to the gluten-free diet. Several IRS rulings seem to suggest that if your total medical expenses for the year exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income, you may be able to deduct the difference in cost between “regular” food products and gluten-free alternatives, as well as the total cost of items that would not be purchased at all if not for the gluten-free diet (such as xantham gum or sorghum flour, for example), and shipping costs. Only food used by a celiac patient would be deductible. Every receipt must be saved, along with documentation of local prices for gluten-containing foods to prove the difference in cost. You’ll also need a doctor’s letter to confirm the diagnosis and the need for the gluten-free diet.

More information, along with links to sources for IRS rulings, can be found in our article on cutting the costs of the gluten-free diet.

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