The tax law provides only a limited opportunity to deduct unreimbursed medical costs for you, your spouse, and your dependents (17.7). Although a wide range of expenses are potentially deductible (Table 17-1) if you itemize expenses on Schedule A of Form 1040, your deduction may be completely disallowed or severely limited because of the AGI floor. For 2012, only expenses in excess of 7.5% of your adjusted gross income may be claimed (12.1). Adjusted gross income is shown on Line 37 and Line 38 of Form 1040. Married persons filing joint returns apply the 7.5% floor to their combined adjusted gross income.
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