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bobbietoo_1998
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My child has celiac disease and we have to buy special food. I was told that it can be a tax write off but not sure where to put it at

 
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Phillip1
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My child has celiac disease and we have to buy special food. I was told that it can be a tax write off but not sure where to put it at

You may be able claim the difference of the cost between gluten-free food and food that is not gluten free as an itemized medical expense.

IRS Publication 502 states that you can claim the extra cost from special food as a deduction if the following applies:

  1. The food doesn't satisfy normal nutritional needs,

  2. The food alleviates or treats an illness, and

  3. The need for the food is substantiated by a physician.

The amount you can include in medical expenses is limited to the amount by which the cost of the special food exceeds the cost of a normal diet.

The Celiac Disease Foundation has provided a good explanation of this issue with some supporting citations. This can be found by clicking here.

It TurboTax, you may need to enter this on a screen in the medical expense section labeled Other Medical Expenses. This page should provide entry fields for a description and an amount. In the description, I would write “cost of special prescribed food”.

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Phillip1
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My child has celiac disease and we have to buy special food. I was told that it can be a tax write off but not sure where to put it at

You may be able claim the difference of the cost between gluten-free food and food that is not gluten free as an itemized medical expense.

IRS Publication 502 states that you can claim the extra cost from special food as a deduction if the following applies:

  1. The food doesn't satisfy normal nutritional needs,

  2. The food alleviates or treats an illness, and

  3. The need for the food is substantiated by a physician.

The amount you can include in medical expenses is limited to the amount by which the cost of the special food exceeds the cost of a normal diet.

The Celiac Disease Foundation has provided a good explanation of this issue with some supporting citations. This can be found by clicking here.

It TurboTax, you may need to enter this on a screen in the medical expense section labeled Other Medical Expenses. This page should provide entry fields for a description and an amount. In the description, I would write “cost of special prescribed food”.

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