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Congress Passes Temporary Fix for the Alternative Minimum Tax

Written by Nickel - 9 Comments

In case you haven’t heard, Congress pushed through a one year stay of execution for millions of middle class tax payers that otherwise would’ve been snagged by the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). Without this fix, the number of filers subject to the AMT in would’ve jumped from 4 million in 2006 to 25 million in 2007. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the fix: (1) is temporary, (2) adds roughly $50 billion to the federal deficit since it’s not being offset by increased taxes in other areas or decreased spending, and (3) will delay tax refunds for as many as 38 million filers because the action was taken so late in the year.

[Source: NY Times]

Published on December 20th, 2007
Modified on December 21st, 2007 - 9 Comments
Filed under: Taxes

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9 Responses to “Congress Passes Temporary Fix for the Alternative Minimum Tax”

  1. 1
    Steve Says:

    Good to know, but what is the AMT?

  2. 2
    nickel Says:

    It’s an antiquated parallel tax system that is designed to keep the uber-wealthy from paying to little in taxes. Unfortunately, it’s not tied to the inflation rate, so more and more middle class families are being caught by it. I’ll be writing more on this topic soon, so keep an eye out.

  3. 3
    kitty Says:

    Yes, and it hits those of us who live in high-tax states especially since for some reason AMT creators thought that only the rich take state income and property tax deductions. Also those who have lots of kids since only the uber-wealthy take exemptions for kids…

  4. 4
    Ryan S. Says:

    ::sigh:: If they would just index things like this to inflation when they start…

  5. 5
    nickel Says:

    Kitty: Tell me about it… We have four kids, and we’ve also experienced an uptick in income, so I’m a bit nervous. But at least we’re not in a high income tax state.

  6. 6
    nickel Says:

    Ryan: You’re exactly right. If this was indexed to inflation, nobody would be sweating it right now (except those for whom it’s intended).

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    jim Says:

    It’s so funny that so many things weren’t tied to inflation, as if that concept is so new…

  8. 8
    Matthew Paulson Says:

    Eh, it’s better than nothing…I’ll take it.

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    MoneyNing Says:

    I’m not too familiar with AMT but if everyone is saying that the problem would be fixed by having it indexed to inflation, why isn’t the fix to just add all the years of inflation from 1969 from this point forward?

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