Gluten & Allergen Free Expo (GFAF) – San Francisco – February 9th & 10th

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Here we are just 15 days away from what I consider to be the most informative conference I will attend this year; The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo 2013 to be held in the city by the bay – San Francisco.  Ah, I love San Fran!!
 
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This conference is sure to please everyone.  It is jammed packed with guest speakers like Dr. Peter Green, Amy Burkhart, MD, Carol Fenster, Nadine Grzeskowiak, RN, Amy Ratner, Kathy Smart and many more.  Not to mention the sponsors that will be attending this event include Glutino, Udi’s Gluten Free, Delight Gluten Free Magazine, Rudi’s Gluten Free Bakery, San-J, Schar, Enjoy Life, Triumph Dining, Better Batter, Gluten Free Living, Crunchmaster and the list goes on.  There is seriously something there for everyone.  I’m getting so excited just typing this right now I can hardly wait to go.

 People who attend the expo include people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity, Food Allergies, Parents of Children with Autism, Arthritis, Autoimmune Diseases and those that are of the health-concious communities that are looking for the latest and greatest in health foods, raw foods, protein bars and shakes and much much more.

I personally am excited to attend my first GFAF Expo as a guest blogger.  For me the conference presents an opportunity to find what is “up and coming” in the gluten-free market place and share it with all of my avid readers.  Since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2006 I know the importance of having the latest information and resources available and I want to be able to share that information with the world.  I hope to find new recipes, books, product info and anything else that I might think that you, my readers, might want or need.  And who knows, maybe I’ll even be lucky enough to bring home some goodies to do a giveaway or two.  Wouldn’t that be fun?!

So stay tuned as I blog and tweet my way through the expo on February 9th & 10th from beautiful San Francisco.

I can’t wait to share all the great info the conference has to offer with all of you. 

If you want to attend the expo, get your tickets here – GFAF San Fran Tickets.

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Gluten-Free Food Tax Deductions

3 Things You Should Know Before Filing for a Gluten-Free Food Tax Deduction

It’s no secret that gluten-free food packaged food is oftentimes more expensive than its gluten-containing counterparts, but did you know you might be eligible for a tax deduction to help make up the difference?

If you have never filed for a tax deduction for your gluten-free food purchases, there are some important things you should know before you do:

1. You Need an Official Diagnosis to be Eligible
Many people are eating gluten-free for a variety of reasons, but only those with an official diagnosis with a gluten-related disorder will be eligible for a tax deduction. You’ll need a prescription from your doctor for a gluten-free diet as your treatment option as well.

2. Keep Track of Your Food Purchases the Entire Year
In order to receive the tax deduction, you’ll have to calculate the difference between the cost of gluten-free alternatives vs. the cost of gluten-containing foods. For example, if you purchase gluten-free crackers for $4.50 and traditional crackers cost $2.50, you’ll only be able to claim the difference: $2

This will need to be done throughout the year as you purchase gluten-free food. Since you will have a lot of purchases to keep track of, some have recommended using a spreadsheet to help keep track of all of the figures.

Everyone rule has exceptions! Visit the Tax Deduction Guide for Gluten-Free Products from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) to see which types of gluten-free food are eligible for a full refund.

3. Refunds are Only Given if Medical Expenses Exceed 7.5% of your Adjusted Gross Income
IRS rules dictate that refunds for medical expenses will be granted only if they are over 7.5% of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) (the total gross income, minus specific reductions). Turbo Tax gives a great example for determining if your medical expenses exceed 7.5% of your AGI.

Once you figure out if you’re eligible for a tax deduction, the last step is moving forward and filing your claim. NFCA’s Tax Deduction Guide for Gluten-Free Products also provides more information on the specific IRS tax forms, rulings and publication reference numbers you’ll need to file.

Thank you to The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (nfca) for providing this information to us.

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