For those suffering from celiac disease and gluten-intolerance, living a life that doesn’t involve gluten can be tough. Adopting a gluten-free diet can be exhausting, inconvenient and expensive too. While healthy gluten-free options are becoming more easily available and quicker to find, they are often still more expensive than regular products. In a National Institutes of Health study, researchers found that gluten-free versions of many food items were a shocking 242 percent costlier.
More recently, however, financial experts have said that you can do more than just avoid bread: you could actually save some bread, by being smarter about your taxes. Principal federal tax analyst Mark Luscombe claims that some of the additional expense of going gluten-free may be a legitimate tax write-off. All you need, according to him, is to have been diagnosed with a disease that is managed by gluten-free foods, and a valid certificate from your doctor. You will also have to keep meticulous records of your exact expenditure on gluten-free foods, and the difference you’re paying compared to regular products.
If you shop online, the cost of shipping can be written off as well. Additionally, if you buy products containing xanthan gum and sorghum flour, they qualify for a full tax deduction, since they don’t have gluten alternatives. Make sure you save all your receipts, mark price differences, and ensure that your medical expenses exceed 10 percent of gross adjusted income, or 7.5 percent for folks who exceed the age of 65.
Of course, it should be noted that people who merely think they are gluten-sensitive cannot avail of this tax write-off.