The AMT: What's Wrong and How to Fix it
22 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2014
Date Written: September 2007
The alternative minimum tax (AMT) is a complex, unfair, and inefﬁcient shadow tax system that threatens to affect 32 million taxpayers by 2010, many of them solidly middle class. Under current law, repealing the AMT without offsets would cost more than $850 billion through 2017. This paper summarizes the current and projected effects of the AMT and considers options to ﬁnance repeal. One attractive option we consider would be to combine AMT repeal with a four percent tax on AGI in excess of $200,000 for married couples and $100,000 for others.
Keywords: alternative minimum tax
JEL Classification: H2
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