If you are among the one in five Americans making a lifestyle choice to avoid gluten or one in 100 Americans diagnosed with celiac disease, which prohibits gluten intake, you’ve likely seen your food costs go up. Lucky for you, deducting the cost of gluten-free food on income taxes can save you money in the long run.
According to the National Celiac Association, if you or one of your dependents has celiac disease and if you itemize your deductions, the extra cost of gluten-free foods may count as a medical expense on your tax return. To take advantage of this tax break, you need to have a letter from your doctor stating that you have celiac disease and must follow a gluten-free diet. You may need to submit a copy of this letter with your taxes. It’s also beneficial to save your receipts and detail how you calculated the deductions in case of an audit.