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3 steps to claiming tax relief for Coeliacs

Written by Administrator on November 18, 2014

3 Steps to claiming tax relief for Coeliacs

I hear so many people saying they are following gluten-free diets these days – all claiming they need to for a variety of different reasons.

In reality, many of these same people don’t ‘need’ to adopt a gluten-free diet, it’s a matter of choice – however, there are people who are medically-diagnosed as coeliacs and therefore, must adopt a gluten-free diet.

It’s for this group of people that I thought I’d highlight a tax relief that isn’t so well known and means they can claim tax back on health expenses for gluten-free products purchased.

Like with other medical expenses, coeliacs can claim tax relief at 20% for expenses relating to their illness, such as purchasing specially made food. Given these products are usually charged at a premium, these costs really do add up in a year – so it’s well worth your while submitting a claim.

As we are all about making it simple for you, here’s our 3 steps to get your claim in and your tax back in your pocket!

1. Get your Diagnosis in Writing

The first thing you’ll need is a letter from your GP or Consultant confirming your coeliac diagnosis.

2. Gather your Receipts

You’ll need to have evidence of your expenses in the form of receipts – so be sure to keep your receipts!

Items that can be claimed include:

  • All specially made gluten-free products purchased
  • Prescription items
  • GP, Dietician and Consultant fees

When it comes to food, a good tip is to highlight the products that are specifically gluten-free on your receipts at the time of purchase – particularly if it is part of a larger grocery shop.

Depending on where you shop, your loyalty card can also provide a summary of gluten-free products purchased. Tesco’s Clubcard, Supervalu’s Real Rewards and Dunnes’ Value Club all provide an annual statements of gluten-free purchases, so if you’re a member of one of these, then be sure to get your statement.

Please note: tax relief cannot be claimed on foods that are naturally gluten-free.

3. Complete an Application Form

There’s nothing worse than to navigate your way through the tax maze, never mind listening to Revenue’s horrid hold music – but our team love it!

We make claiming your tax back easy by managing it all for you. Get your claim started now and we’ll post you out a form to attach your receipts to and FREEPOST back to us.

Post Written by Nerilie Watson

Nerilie WatsonI’m the Marketing Manager at Red Oak Tax Refunds and although I’m no tax expert, I LOVE getting money back from taxman. My job is to translate all the complicated and confusing ‘tax speak’ that is bandied about our office into something that is understandable for all us ‘average Joe soaps’.

Posted Under: Medical Expenses, Refund Examples, Tax Refunds

22 replies to “3 steps to claiming tax relief for Coeliacs

    1. Post Author Administrator

      Hi Caroline
      Thanks for your message. That’s not a problem – we’ll email a copy of the form to you today. If you have any questions, please just email us back you phone number and we’ll give you a call.
      Regards
      Nerilie

      Reply

  1. Sinead conroy

    Hi is it December i claim my tax back for my daughter who is coeliac.is there a charge for this if red oak receive my form thanks

    Reply

    1. Post Author Administrator

      Hi Sinead
      Thanks for your message.
      At the moment, we can claim for 2010 – 2013 expenses and then in January, we’ll be able to claim for 2014 expenses.
      We’ll send you a form via email shortly and this will also detail our fees. Just a note – that we don’t just claim back your expenses, we’ll do a full review of your taxes to make sure you haven’t overpaid anything else.
      Regards
      Nerilie

      Reply

  2. poppy

    Hi thank you for this, it’s something I’ve known about for awhile but not followed up on. Could you email me a form as well please

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    1. Post Author Administrator

      Hi Poppy,
      Thanks for your message.
      Absolutely – we’ll email a form to you shortly. Start gathering any receipts you have now and then print off the form and FREEPOST it back to us – we’ll take care of the rest.
      Regards
      Nerilie

      Reply

  3. Eoin Duffy

    Hi, I see the last comments are over year ago so I’m not sure if your still going! If so. Can I get a form please? Also quick question, if I go to my GP for a check up do I just get him to give me a receipt also?

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  4. corey

    Is it only possible to claim for refund if somebody has paid tax ? , If somebody is on a departartment of social protection payment can they get any money back ??

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  5. David

    Hi, do receipts from restaurants and take-aways for gluten free meals (e.g. g/f pizza) also qualify or is it just purchases from shops and supermarkets?

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    1. Ray Byrne

      Hi David,

      Thanks for getting in touch. The foods would have to have been manufactured specifically for coeliacs and that they are purchased on the advice of your doctor in order to be an allowable expense. So in general it would only be for gluten-free foods purchased from shops and supermarkets.

      All the best,
      Ray

      Reply

  6. jimmy murphy

    i am on jsb and my wife who is coeliac is on a small contributory pension so we dont pay tax can my wife claim any money back on gluten free food

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    1. Ray Byrne

      Hi Jimmy,

      Thanks for getting in touch. You can only claim back gluten free food under health expenses and this is claimed back against PAYE tax paid so unfortunately if you do not have to pay any PAYE tax then there would be not tax to claim back against.

      All the best,
      Ray

      Reply

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