New York Times Story Claims Gluten Free Diet is Tax Deductible

Published Tuesday, August 18, 2009
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A recent New York Times article on "The Expense of Eating With Celiac Disease" indicated that a Gluten free diet may be tax deductible. Could it be.............

 

Here is how it works.

If you itemize your tax return and your total medical expenses for the year exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income, you can write off certain expenses associated with celiac disease. You can deduct the excess cost of a gluten-free product over a comparable gluten-containing product. NY Times

   Ok that is good news - so here is an example of how it would work.

Let’s say you spend $6.50 on a loaf of gluten-free bread, and a regular loaf costs $4; you can deduct $2.50. In addition, you can deduct the cost of products necessary to maintain a gluten-free diet, like xanthan gum for baking. If you mail order gluten-free products, the shipping costs may be deductible, too. If you have to travel extra miles to buy gluten-free goods, the mileage is also deductible. You’ll need a doctor’s letter to confirm your diagnosis and your need for a gluten-free diet, and you should save receipts in case of a tax audit. NY Times

Bad News - Insurance companies reluctant to offer coverage of gluten free diets.

Patients inclure an extra cost of a special diet and the cost is not usually reimbursed by health care plans.Trips to a dietitian to receive nutritional guidance are also rarely covered.

Ok that is good news - so here is an example of how it would work.

Let’s say you spend $6.50 on a loaf of gluten-free bread, and a regular loaf costs $4; you can deduct $2.50. In addition, you can deduct the cost of products necessary to maintain a gluten-free diet, like xanthan gum for baking. If you mail order gluten-free products, the shipping costs may be deductible, too. If you have to travel extra miles to buy gluten-free goods, the mileage is also deductible. You’ll need a doctor’s letter to confirm your diagnosis and your need for a gluten-free diet, and you should save receipts in case of a tax audit. NY Times

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  • Sweet Christine's Bakery - Gourmet Gluten-Free
    Dec 14, 2010 Julie Grant (anonymous) website: www.juliewgrant.com email: julieg261@gmail.com said:
    Thanks for the information. I appreciate it. I also have a blog called mamagrant'sgfkitchen.blogspot,com. I am just starting with my foray into the world of glutenfree and would appreciate any help.

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