Your Special Diet Could Be Tax Deductible

The weight-loss area of the tax law offers guidance for restricted diets, says Mark Luscombe, principal federal tax analyst for Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting US. “That says if you are on a restricted diet for a particular disease and if you have a doctor’s certification that you should be on such a diet, you can treat it as a medical expense,” he explains.

…But claiming the tax break isn’t without hurdles. For starters, you must have certification from a doctor that you have a medically necessitated diet due to celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder in which the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. Going gluten-free as a beneficial lifestyle choice isn’t going to cut it.

Source: A Tax Break for Going Gluten-Free?

The information is for the US only, but does provide which IRS documents to reference.  I know Canada allows you to write-off a portion of medications, but I have no further details.  In any case, the worst you can hear if you inquire is “no”.

How One Man Wanted To Save The World By Taxing Its Poop

I think we can all agree that, in the early 1800s, there were a lot of problems with the world. One man saw those problems and came up a solution… a solution involving poop.

Pierre Leroux liked society, but not authority. Born in the late 1700s, he somehow found a way to be both a utopian and an economist. Perhaps he managed it by being a philosophical economist, rather than a practical economist. Leroux looked for ways to let a country maintain its citizenry without exerting authority over them, and for people to retain their property without using it to deprive others.

Source: How One Man Wanted To Save The World By Taxing Its Poop

The idea comes from the bottom of the bowl 😉

Soda Pop Tax is Coming

…there’s at least one law that passed yesterday and should be celebrated: The forthcoming, first-ever soda tax imposed in America which passed yesterday in Berkeley, Calif. with over three-quarters of the vote.

…The tax in Berkeley will now be added to the price of sugary sodas, energy drinks, iced tea, and juices, but won’t effect diet sodas, milk, natural fruit and vegetable juices and baby formula, CBS in the Bay Area reports.

Source: Hey, Soda, This Is the Beginning of the End For You

The tax is 1 cent per ounce. For a 20 ounce bottle, assuming a base price of $1.50 – that’ll be approximately 13%. For a 12-pack of cans, an extra $1.44. Call the base price $10, which seems high, and it’s a 14.4% tax.

Consider that drinking soda pop daily can shorten your life