Tax Deductions for Celiac Disease

If you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, there is one thing that might be important for you to know.  I wish I would have known about this for the past 2 years we have been purchasing gluten free foods.   You can deduct the difference in cost of regular foods to gluten free foods.  For example, if you purchase a loaf of bread for $5.00 that is gluten free and a regular loaf of bread would have only cost you $1.00 then you can write off the difference of $4.00 under  medical expenses if you itemize your taxes.   Or, if you would not normally need xanthan gum for any regular baking, but do need it to make gluten free food, the entire amount of that item can be written off.

How To Get Started With This Process:

1.  If you have the diagnosis of Celiac Disease, you need to get a letter from your physician with your diagnosis.  Put it in a file.
2. Keep a running total of purchases made.  The Celiac Disease foundation has a printable form HERE.
3.  Keep all receipts organized with a filing system of your choice along with your letter in the event you would be audited.
4.  Remember this really just helps those who itemize their deductions.  To itemize medical expenses,
your medical expenditures must exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income minus any insurance reimbursements.

EHow has a great explanation here.

Also, The Celiac Disease Foundation explains it here.


Resources for a Soy-Free Diet

American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Your Child’s Allergies and Asthma: Breathing Easy and Bringing Up Healthy, Active Children by Michael J. Welch, MD. New York: Villard Books, 2000.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Food Allergy Network

International Food Information Council Foundation



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