Record numbers of taxpayers will be subject to the 2010 alternative minimum tax (AMT) if Congress does not act by the end of the year. Congress has considered a number of possible AMT “patches” that would reduce the number of taxpayers subject to the AMT but has been unable to agree on the right approach. Although Congress passes an AMT patch annually, this year’s patch is coming later than usual.
In a November 9, 2010, letter to the IRS’s Douglas Shulman, House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committee members said that the IRS should expect Congress to pass 2010 alternative minimum tax relief by the end of this year. The joint letter was signed by Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Finance Committee ranking minority member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), acting Ways and Means Committee Chair Sander M. Levin, (D-Mich.), and Ways and Means Committee ranking minority member Dave Camp (R-Mich.). Read this complete article at AdvisorFX (sign up for a free trial subscription with full access to all of the planning libraries and client presentations if you are not already a subscriber).
For in-depth analysis of the AMT, see Advisor’s Main Library: Section 19.D—Additional Taxes; Credits For Prepayments.
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