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Gluten Free Purchasing and Tax Relief

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Is the effort worth the tax benefit for Celiacs?

We all know that most of the gluten-free items cost more than regular items.  Sometimes a few dollars more than regular things.  Look at a Betty Crocker cake mix.  Sometimes you can get them on sale for $0.99 vs $3.50 or more for the gluten free variety.  While we all definitely would pay any price for our children, it would be nice to save some money somewhere.

Awhile back we found out that you actually can deduct the difference in prices from your taxes.  You can also deduct the extra mileage to the specialty stores and the postage when buying specialized products.  Of course you need a diagnosis from a doctor, so those fad dieters need not apply, but if you are here, you probably have at least one diagnosed child.  What else do you need to know?

About.com (http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/theglutenfreediet/a/ExpensiveFood_2.htm) put out a good article in 2009 with some good tips.  Definitely check it out, with things like:

  • Every receipt must be saved, along with receipts for gluten-containing foods to prove the difference in price.
  • Only food used by a celiac patient would be deductible

You can also check out this article (http://celiacdisease.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=celiacdisease&cdn=health&tm=112&f=10&su=p284.12.336.ip_&tt=2&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.celiac.com/articles/279/1/Tax-Deduction-for-Gluten-Free-Foods-as-a-Medical-Expense-for-Diagnosed-Celiacs-Only/Page1.html).  While a little dated, it does suggest some IRS rulings for us in the USA, and some additional tips.  With anything in dealing with Celiac, do not ever take these tips here for gospel.  Check with your tax preparer or CPA.  While it will involve a lot of work, the benefit, especially if you have multiple children, will help you!  Every cent counts these days!

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