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]