End-of-year tax planning Tip No. 1: Have you been putting off going to the doctor or dentist, or having surgery? This is the year to get the most out of those unwanted procedures.
In 2012, the baseline for medical expenses deduction is 7.5 percent of the adjusted gross income. This means that, before you can deduct medical expenses, the total must exceed 7.5 percent of the adjusted gross income. For example, if the adjusted gross income on the tax return is $20,000, the amount of medical expenses must be more than $1,500 to get any deduction for these expenses. Any expenses more than $1,500 can be deducted on Schedule A of the tax return.
If you wait until 2013 and beyond, the deduction limit increases to 10 percent of the adjusted gross income.