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Thursday, April 22, 2010

tax time: celiac disease and medical expenses

receipts, originally uploaded by kozumel.
did you know that in Canada anyone with Celiac Disease can claim the incremental cost of gluten free food on your tax return as a medical expense? well, you can! the submission deadline is looming, and if you are like us you still haven't even called your accountant or picked up a tax return application. the medical expense tax credit requires a letter from your doctor stating that you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and it is also important to save relevant grocery store receipts to support your claim. however, the fact that gluten free food is considered a medical need for those with Celiac Disease is fantastic...hooray!

the tax credit is based on the incremental cost which is the amount you spend over and above what a similar non gluten free item costs. for example, if your gluten free bread costs $8.00 a loaf, but when you compare to a similar loaf made with wheat, for example, and it only costs $3.50, then your incremental cost is $4.50 times the amount of bread you buy in a year. the Canada Revenue Agency stipulates that the foods that you are eligible to claim are products which are produced and marketed as exclusively gluten free. items that are eligible include gluten free bread, bagels, muffins, cereal, etc. they also explain that intermediate items used to cook gluten free foods also qualify, these are items such as gluten free flours and gluten free spices.

in order to qualify for this medical expense tax credit, you must submit a letter from your health care professional confirming that you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. a summary of your incremental costs and applicable receipts is also required. you will find more information, including a sample summary of incremental costs on the following Canada Revenue Agency webpage. if you have any questions or are still not sure how to submit your receipts, please contact Revenue Services, or a qualified accountant.

good luck!  Andrea + Robyn.



canada revenue agency   |   celiac disease   


4 comments:

Margaret said...

Wow! Another reason to move to Canada!

I just found your blog because I'm going to Vancouver this weekend and I had no idea where to eat and I was so happy to see the "GF Dining in Vancouver" section! Thanks!!!

robyn said...

hi margaret,

another great place to go is rangoli its an indian/fusion restaurant located at 11th and granville. most of the dishes are naturally gluten free and they are aware of allergies (i eat there all the time with no problem). rangoli is affiliated with vij's which is located next door for dinner only. they are both very popular and dont take reservations, but its pretty easy to get into rangoli. we havent posted on them yet since they are about to launch a new menu, but its a must see while in vancouver. have fun! ww.vijsrangoli.ca

robyn

Cally said...

Yeah Vij!
I just completed my taxes this weekend. Completing my wee chart comparing gf and non gf food was time consuming yet eye opening. GF groceries are pricey! This year, I am going to do it month-by-month so that there isn't that final push and calculating at the end of the year. Good grief!

wheelchairs said...

I really appreciate your post and you explain each and every point very well.Thanks for sharing this information.And I’ll love to read your next post too.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

tax time: celiac disease and medical expenses

receipts, originally uploaded by kozumel.
did you know that in Canada anyone with Celiac Disease can claim the incremental cost of gluten free food on your tax return as a medical expense? well, you can! the submission deadline is looming, and if you are like us you still haven't even called your accountant or picked up a tax return application. the medical expense tax credit requires a letter from your doctor stating that you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and it is also important to save relevant grocery store receipts to support your claim. however, the fact that gluten free food is considered a medical need for those with Celiac Disease is fantastic...hooray!

the tax credit is based on the incremental cost which is the amount you spend over and above what a similar non gluten free item costs. for example, if your gluten free bread costs $8.00 a loaf, but when you compare to a similar loaf made with wheat, for example, and it only costs $3.50, then your incremental cost is $4.50 times the amount of bread you buy in a year. the Canada Revenue Agency stipulates that the foods that you are eligible to claim are products which are produced and marketed as exclusively gluten free. items that are eligible include gluten free bread, bagels, muffins, cereal, etc. they also explain that intermediate items used to cook gluten free foods also qualify, these are items such as gluten free flours and gluten free spices.

in order to qualify for this medical expense tax credit, you must submit a letter from your health care professional confirming that you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. a summary of your incremental costs and applicable receipts is also required. you will find more information, including a sample summary of incremental costs on the following Canada Revenue Agency webpage. if you have any questions or are still not sure how to submit your receipts, please contact Revenue Services, or a qualified accountant.

good luck!  Andrea + Robyn.



canada revenue agency   |   celiac disease   


4 comments:

Margaret said...

Wow! Another reason to move to Canada!

I just found your blog because I'm going to Vancouver this weekend and I had no idea where to eat and I was so happy to see the "GF Dining in Vancouver" section! Thanks!!!

robyn said...

hi margaret,

another great place to go is rangoli its an indian/fusion restaurant located at 11th and granville. most of the dishes are naturally gluten free and they are aware of allergies (i eat there all the time with no problem). rangoli is affiliated with vij's which is located next door for dinner only. they are both very popular and dont take reservations, but its pretty easy to get into rangoli. we havent posted on them yet since they are about to launch a new menu, but its a must see while in vancouver. have fun! ww.vijsrangoli.ca

robyn

Cally said...

Yeah Vij!
I just completed my taxes this weekend. Completing my wee chart comparing gf and non gf food was time consuming yet eye opening. GF groceries are pricey! This year, I am going to do it month-by-month so that there isn't that final push and calculating at the end of the year. Good grief!

wheelchairs said...

I really appreciate your post and you explain each and every point very well.Thanks for sharing this information.And I’ll love to read your next post too.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

tax time: celiac disease and medical expenses

receipts, originally uploaded by kozumel.
did you know that in Canada anyone with Celiac Disease can claim the incremental cost of gluten free food on your tax return as a medical expense? well, you can! the submission deadline is looming, and if you are like us you still haven't even called your accountant or picked up a tax return application. the medical expense tax credit requires a letter from your doctor stating that you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and it is also important to save relevant grocery store receipts to support your claim. however, the fact that gluten free food is considered a medical need for those with Celiac Disease is fantastic...hooray!

the tax credit is based on the incremental cost which is the amount you spend over and above what a similar non gluten free item costs. for example, if your gluten free bread costs $8.00 a loaf, but when you compare to a similar loaf made with wheat, for example, and it only costs $3.50, then your incremental cost is $4.50 times the amount of bread you buy in a year. the Canada Revenue Agency stipulates that the foods that you are eligible to claim are products which are produced and marketed as exclusively gluten free. items that are eligible include gluten free bread, bagels, muffins, cereal, etc. they also explain that intermediate items used to cook gluten free foods also qualify, these are items such as gluten free flours and gluten free spices.

in order to qualify for this medical expense tax credit, you must submit a letter from your health care professional confirming that you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. a summary of your incremental costs and applicable receipts is also required. you will find more information, including a sample summary of incremental costs on the following Canada Revenue Agency webpage. if you have any questions or are still not sure how to submit your receipts, please contact Revenue Services, or a qualified accountant.

good luck!  Andrea + Robyn.



canada revenue agency   |   celiac disease   


4 comments:

Margaret said...

Wow! Another reason to move to Canada!

I just found your blog because I'm going to Vancouver this weekend and I had no idea where to eat and I was so happy to see the "GF Dining in Vancouver" section! Thanks!!!

robyn said...

hi margaret,

another great place to go is rangoli its an indian/fusion restaurant located at 11th and granville. most of the dishes are naturally gluten free and they are aware of allergies (i eat there all the time with no problem). rangoli is affiliated with vij's which is located next door for dinner only. they are both very popular and dont take reservations, but its pretty easy to get into rangoli. we havent posted on them yet since they are about to launch a new menu, but its a must see while in vancouver. have fun! ww.vijsrangoli.ca

robyn

Cally said...

Yeah Vij!
I just completed my taxes this weekend. Completing my wee chart comparing gf and non gf food was time consuming yet eye opening. GF groceries are pricey! This year, I am going to do it month-by-month so that there isn't that final push and calculating at the end of the year. Good grief!

wheelchairs said...

I really appreciate your post and you explain each and every point very well.Thanks for sharing this information.And I’ll love to read your next post too.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

tax time: celiac disease and medical expenses

receipts, originally uploaded by kozumel.
did you know that in Canada anyone with Celiac Disease can claim the incremental cost of gluten free food on your tax return as a medical expense? well, you can! the submission deadline is looming, and if you are like us you still haven't even called your accountant or picked up a tax return application. the medical expense tax credit requires a letter from your doctor stating that you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and it is also important to save relevant grocery store receipts to support your claim. however, the fact that gluten free food is considered a medical need for those with Celiac Disease is fantastic...hooray!

the tax credit is based on the incremental cost which is the amount you spend over and above what a similar non gluten free item costs. for example, if your gluten free bread costs $8.00 a loaf, but when you compare to a similar loaf made with wheat, for example, and it only costs $3.50, then your incremental cost is $4.50 times the amount of bread you buy in a year. the Canada Revenue Agency stipulates that the foods that you are eligible to claim are products which are produced and marketed as exclusively gluten free. items that are eligible include gluten free bread, bagels, muffins, cereal, etc. they also explain that intermediate items used to cook gluten free foods also qualify, these are items such as gluten free flours and gluten free spices.

in order to qualify for this medical expense tax credit, you must submit a letter from your health care professional confirming that you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. a summary of your incremental costs and applicable receipts is also required. you will find more information, including a sample summary of incremental costs on the following Canada Revenue Agency webpage. if you have any questions or are still not sure how to submit your receipts, please contact Revenue Services, or a qualified accountant.

good luck!  Andrea + Robyn.



canada revenue agency   |   celiac disease   


4 comments:

Margaret said...

Wow! Another reason to move to Canada!

I just found your blog because I'm going to Vancouver this weekend and I had no idea where to eat and I was so happy to see the "GF Dining in Vancouver" section! Thanks!!!

robyn said...

hi margaret,

another great place to go is rangoli its an indian/fusion restaurant located at 11th and granville. most of the dishes are naturally gluten free and they are aware of allergies (i eat there all the time with no problem). rangoli is affiliated with vij's which is located next door for dinner only. they are both very popular and dont take reservations, but its pretty easy to get into rangoli. we havent posted on them yet since they are about to launch a new menu, but its a must see while in vancouver. have fun! ww.vijsrangoli.ca

robyn

Cally said...

Yeah Vij!
I just completed my taxes this weekend. Completing my wee chart comparing gf and non gf food was time consuming yet eye opening. GF groceries are pricey! This year, I am going to do it month-by-month so that there isn't that final push and calculating at the end of the year. Good grief!

wheelchairs said...

I really appreciate your post and you explain each and every point very well.Thanks for sharing this information.And I’ll love to read your next post too.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

tax time: celiac disease and medical expenses

receipts, originally uploaded by kozumel.
did you know that in Canada anyone with Celiac Disease can claim the incremental cost of gluten free food on your tax return as a medical expense? well, you can! the submission deadline is looming, and if you are like us you still haven't even called your accountant or picked up a tax return application. the medical expense tax credit requires a letter from your doctor stating that you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and it is also important to save relevant grocery store receipts to support your claim. however, the fact that gluten free food is considered a medical need for those with Celiac Disease is fantastic...hooray!

the tax credit is based on the incremental cost which is the amount you spend over and above what a similar non gluten free item costs. for example, if your gluten free bread costs $8.00 a loaf, but when you compare to a similar loaf made with wheat, for example, and it only costs $3.50, then your incremental cost is $4.50 times the amount of bread you buy in a year. the Canada Revenue Agency stipulates that the foods that you are eligible to claim are products which are produced and marketed as exclusively gluten free. items that are eligible include gluten free bread, bagels, muffins, cereal, etc. they also explain that intermediate items used to cook gluten free foods also qualify, these are items such as gluten free flours and gluten free spices.

in order to qualify for this medical expense tax credit, you must submit a letter from your health care professional confirming that you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. a summary of your incremental costs and applicable receipts is also required. you will find more information, including a sample summary of incremental costs on the following Canada Revenue Agency webpage. if you have any questions or are still not sure how to submit your receipts, please contact Revenue Services, or a qualified accountant.

good luck!  Andrea + Robyn.



canada revenue agency   |   celiac disease   


4 comments:

Margaret said...

Wow! Another reason to move to Canada!

I just found your blog because I'm going to Vancouver this weekend and I had no idea where to eat and I was so happy to see the "GF Dining in Vancouver" section! Thanks!!!

robyn said...

hi margaret,

another great place to go is rangoli its an indian/fusion restaurant located at 11th and granville. most of the dishes are naturally gluten free and they are aware of allergies (i eat there all the time with no problem). rangoli is affiliated with vij's which is located next door for dinner only. they are both very popular and dont take reservations, but its pretty easy to get into rangoli. we havent posted on them yet since they are about to launch a new menu, but its a must see while in vancouver. have fun! ww.vijsrangoli.ca

robyn

Cally said...

Yeah Vij!
I just completed my taxes this weekend. Completing my wee chart comparing gf and non gf food was time consuming yet eye opening. GF groceries are pricey! This year, I am going to do it month-by-month so that there isn't that final push and calculating at the end of the year. Good grief!

wheelchairs said...

I really appreciate your post and you explain each and every point very well.Thanks for sharing this information.And I’ll love to read your next post too.