How to Get Tax Deductions for Gluten Free Food
If you have celiac disease, where you must avoid eating gluten food, you may be able to claim the expense of gluten free foods on your tax return. Read to see if you might qualify for a tax deduction on your gluten free foods, cakes, cookies, and bread purchases.
- Obtain an official diagnosis that you have celiac disease from your doctor, in writing. Without this, you cannot claim a tax deduction.
- Save all your records of gluten free purchases, including grocery receipts and canceled checks. Then, compile a list of the regular cost of all the gluten free items you've bought. For example, if regular wheat flour costs $1.99 and your gluten free flour costs $3.99, then you can only claim the difference between the two prices: $2.00.
- Note that in order to claim a tax deduction for medical expenses (including any gluten-free food purchases), your expenditures must exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income minus any insurance reimbursement. For example, if you have an adjusted gross income of $50,000 a year, then your total medical expenditures must exceed $3,750 in order to claim a tax deduction and use the gluten-free food expenses.
- Try using your insurance's flexible spending account. If you have medical coverage and likely cannot claim a tax deduction for the cost of your gluten free food, your employer's Flexible Spending Plan may allow reimbursement for the cost of gluten free food.
- Be persistent if you're researching whether your Flexible Spending Plan will cover the cost of gluten free foods. Your human resources department may not know if the expenses are covered. Contact the provider if necessary until you get a definite answer from someone whether you can get reimbursed for your gluten-free food.