Alternative Minimum Tax

By: Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, JD

This is a second parallel tax system that many wealthier taxpayers will have to consider when calculating their tax. The alternative minimum tax (AMT) is calculated by starting with your taxable income calculated according to the regular tax rules. Add certain tax preference items and adjustments required by the AMT. Only certain itemized deductions are allowed. Next, subtract an exemption amount. The result is multiplied by the amount rate for individuals. If the tax due exceeds the tax you owe under the regular tax system, you must pay the larger alternative minimum tax.

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