People diagnosed with celiac disease may be able to receive tax deductions for expenses associated with gluten-free foods and products. However, there are a few catches to obtaining them.
Here are a few tips to help you through all the procedures and paperwork:
Step 1: Get A Doctor’s Note
Request an official, written celiac disease diagnosis from your doctor.
Submit this documentation with your other completed forms (see Step 4). Make sure to keep a copy for your records!
Step 2: Save Your Receipts
Keep receipts of all gluten-free purchases from grocery stores, bakeries and anywhere else you buy gluten-free items.
Step 3: Break Out the Calculator
List the prices of gluten-free foods compared to those of regular foods. The difference between those prices is tax-deductible. For example, if a pound of wheat flour costs $0.89 and a pound of rice flour costs $3.25, then you may deduct $2.36 for each pound of rice flour purchased.
Products like xanthan gum and sorghum flour are completely tax-deductible as they have no "regular" counterpart but are purchased to meet your dietary needs. Shipping costs for online purchases are also permissible deductions.
For years beginning after December 31, 2012, you may deduct only the amount of your total medical expenses that exceed 10% of your Adjusted Gross Income. If you or your spouse are 65 or older, your medical expenses must be 7.5% of your Adjusted Gross Income. The 7.5% limitation is a temporary exemption starting January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2016 for individuals age 65 and older and their spouses.
Step 4: File Your Claim
Fill out form 1040 schedule A for medical deductions.
Feel free to cite these references in your tax paperwork. For specific circumstances, contact an accountant.
Please note that Beyond Celiac is not providing tax advice and this information does not substitute for consulting with your tax advisor.
IRS Tax Topics: Medical and Dental Expenses