When taking into account how much Federal/State income taxes, FICA and MED have to be removed from your income, do you calculate that based off of your Gross or AGI?
For Federal, it's the taxable income as answered in How to base my income tax bracket?
State has a similar process, but each state is different. e.g. some states do not honor IRA deductions, and some states permit a deduction for the 529 college savings account which Federal does not.
FICA and Med come off the very top of income with a couple exceptions - FICA has an income limit, in 2012, it's withheld only up to $110,100 of income. And - I believe certain deductions such as FSA (The "Flexible savings account" for medical expenses) may be pre-FICA deductions.
Edit - in case my wording was ambiguous - With the small exception of the FSA deduction, FICA/Med is calculated on one's gross income. FICA/Med does not reduce one's taxable income for Federal or state income tax.