Gluten free foods are tax deductible

3 Jan

money woman


Gluten free foods are so Effing expensive! Yes. Santa was not able to drop the international price of gluten free foods for Christmas. And yes, the word Effing can be found in the Merriam Webster dictionary.

Individuals diagnosed with celiac disease may be able to receive tax deductions for expenses associated with gluten-free foods and products.


Here are a few tips you need to know before you file your taxes– or simply read on if you are in the need of something to spice up your office water cooler talks:


Step 1: Get A Doctor’s Note
1. Get a written script with the diagnosis for Celiac Disease.

-The ICD 9 code, which will impress your doctor for Celiac Disease is: 579.0 and the ICD 10 code is K90.1.

-I do not know if this holds true for Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and Wheat allergy, both are diagnosis that are also managed by a strict gluten free diet. I am waiting to hear back from Uncle Sam.

-Give your doctor an apple, or a punch. Please don’t punch your doctor 😉

Step 2: Save Your Receipts
-Keep receipts of all gluten-free purchases: including grocery stores, restaurants, and the internet.

Step 3: Now it’s time to do some math
The difference between gluten free prices to those of “regular” food items is tax-deductible. For example, if a pound of wheat flour costs $0.89 and a pound of rice flour costs $3.25, which means you would be able to deduct $2.36 for each pound of rice flour.

-BUT, products like xanthan gum and sorghum flour are completely tax-deductible as they have no “regular” counterparts.

-Shipping costs for online purchases are also tax-deductible.


Step 4: File Your Claim- Stuff to put into Turbo-Tax or to give your CPA

-Fill out a 1040 schedule A for medical deductions and list the references below:

-IRS Publication 502

-IRS Rulings 55-261,76-80,2002-19, 67 TC 481, Cohen 38 TC 387, TC MEMO 1978 366.


Feel free to contact NCFA or me for more details. Source:
Just a note: I’m a physician not a CPA. Please consult with your tax advisor.


2 Responses to “Gluten free foods are tax deductible”

  1. Amanda January 4, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    Are you able to deduct only after spending a certain amount? For example, i think you can deduct medical expenses if they exceed 7.5% of your income (or something like that).


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