Posted 16 January 2005 - 10:41 AM
I hope you all are having a good New Year! I just wanted to see if anyone on the board claims their gluten-free food purchases on their tax returns. I KNOW that it is hard and time consuming, I've heard some people say they don't think it is worth it, but on our low income, it will be to us, so only helpful replies please. I have seen someone put out a 'sample' chart of how they listed the amount of each gluten-free item purchased for the year, and then had a comparison with the 'normal' un-gluten-free food next to it to show the cost differnce. If anyone can point me in the right direction so I could see this chart or sample again, I would really appreciate it! Thanks for all your help in advance!!
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Posted 16 January 2005 - 11:57 AM
I think that it is more worth it for low-income families, anyway. I don't know the procedure exactly, but I think the difference has to be sufficient so that it amounts to a certain percentage of your income or something. Good luck...sorry I don't have too much info.
Posted 16 January 2005 - 12:25 PM
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Posted 17 January 2005 - 12:20 AM
What I have found works best for me is to keep a special page in my commercial guide (or other notebook you carry with you to shop). When I pick up an item such as gluten-free waffles at the grocery store, I send one of the kids to get a price on the store brand I would otherwise have purchased. I jot down in the notebook the price and the weight or number of items for the package. I do the same for the gluten-free product since it is often easier to calculate a "per item" price and compare apples to apples that way. The gluten-free items often come in smaller packages yet cost more money. I mark each appropriate item on the register receipt with an "m" so that I can see it quickly when I sit down to calculate. Since I generally shop at only two stores, this does not have to be done very often. I have the calculations already done for the year and I just recheck periodically to be sure nothing has changed significantly.
By the way, don't forget stuff like the more expensive ice creams and such. The difference in the cost for these can be used as well as long as it is due to the medical necessity. Oh yes, and the advice I read on several sites said to be sure and have a letter from your physician on file in case you are audited. I make a note on the tax return that the letter is on file for review.
I used to keep a spreadsheet in Excel or Works, but now I have a separate catagory called FOOD/GROCERIES gluten-free in Microsoft Money. I do a quick calculation and split the total when I enter the expense into the system and have the gluten-free subcategory set to feed into the appropriate 1040 line item.
Hope this helps. It can be a pain to get started, but is not too difficult after you get it set up.
9 yrs gluten-free
...also DH, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, osteopenia, hypothyroid...
After almost 10 years, I am doing soooo much better!
Posted 21 January 2005 - 02:39 PM
Posted 22 January 2005 - 09:21 PM
Even if ice cream were a medical necessity, virtually ALL ice cream out there is gluten-free (including most all of the very cheap stuff), so I can't see how ice cream could be claimed. The least expensive ice cream on the market is almost certainly gluten-free.
Posted 26 January 2005 - 10:14 AM
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diagnosed 8/5/02, gluten-free (after lots of mistakes!) since that day
Dairy free since July 2010 and NOT happy about it!!
Posted 26 January 2005 - 09:08 PM
Posted 26 January 2005 - 09:21 PM
Basically, you're arguing that other taxpayers should subsidize your purchase of the most expensive ice cream because you have celiac disease. I don't think so.
Posted 26 January 2005 - 09:34 PM
I was merely pointing out that this is a food oriented world and in order to survive in it mentally, as well as physically, is to give in and find goodies that make us fit in. Not to mention enjoy them when we can
Posted 26 January 2005 - 09:37 PM
Posted 27 January 2005 - 06:34 AM
If you were ever audited you would almost certainly have to defend some of your choices. For instance, why the expensive pretzels instead of some regular snack that's gluten-free? Why expensive rice chips instead of, for instance, Utz tortilla chips? Or Fritos, which are made on a dedicated line? Or why not Blue Diamond Nut Thins, which cost about the same as crackers that aren't gluten-free?
I realize that part of the answer might be that you like these other things better or they might even be more healthful. But there's considerable doubt the IRS will see that as a legitimate reason to claim them.
If it were me, I'd ask a professional.
Posted 27 January 2005 - 01:14 PM
There are some things that I don't claim as I could find a similiar item cheaper .. like ice cream
Just one more note on ice cream ... for those who are having trouble with dairy, the cheaper brand actually works better ... less cream. Having said that .. READ THE LABEL, I have found two cheap brands with Wheat starch listed!
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