It may be beneficial to accelerate paying deductions such as paying your 4thquarter state estimated tax installment in December instead of at the January due date. Pay your entire property tax bill, including installments due in year 2012, by year-end. Try to bunch “threshold” expenses, such as medical expenses and miscellaneous itemized deductions. Threshold expenses are deductible only to the extent they exceed a certain percentage of adjusted gross income (AGI). By bunching these expenses into one year, rather than spreading them out over two years, you have a better chance of exceeding the thresholds, thereby maximizing your deduction. For example, you might pay medical bills and dues and subscriptions in whichever year they would do you the most tax good.