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Alternative Minimum Tax Rules

What is Alternative Minimum Tax?

Alternative Minimum Tax or AMT is a type of tax that is imposed on individuals, corporations, estates, and trusts by the United States federal government. The AMT is imposed at nearly a flat rate on an adjusted amount of taxable income that is above a certain threshold. Experts have answered many questions about alternative minimum tax rules, like the ones answered below.

Can the refund for an Alternative Minimum Tax Credit be larger than the amount of the Alternative Tax actually paid in?

If the person is filling out for the Alternative Minimum Tax and do the math on form 8801, then the person would notice that the refundable amount would be limited to the AMT paid in the previous years and cannot exceed the AMT that has been paid prior. When the person looks at this, then they will see that the AMT would not be larger than the amount of the AMT that was paid in.

How does the Alternative Minimum Tax differ from regular tax?

In regards to the Alternative Minimum Tax, this tax is an attempt to ensure that anyone that benefits from certain tax advantages will pay at least a minimum amount of tax that someone that has the same income should have to pay. The AMT is set up to where a person would pay the difference between their regular taxes and the AMT if the regular tax falls below the minimum that has be set up. When a person would generally pay less tax, then the AMT would step in and make it to where certain deductions would be eliminated and making the tax liability higher.

In the year 2009, the person paid an amount of $1933 in Alternative Minimum Tax and in 2010 paid $2130 in AMT, would the person need to file an amended 2010 form 8801 if they did not file it in 2010 when they file their 2011 taxes?

The person would need to fill out form 8801 from the year 2010 making it not necessary for the person to amend their 2010 taxes. In most cases if the person did not need to file the form in the previous year, then the person would not have the Alternative Minimum Tax, making the deduction unnecessary.

In the year 2011, if a person is filing married filing jointly with an income of $300,000, when would the Alternative Minimum Tax affect the person?

In most cases the Alternative Minimum Tax for married couple is $74,450 making the possibility of paying the AMT higher. The only time the AMT will generally effect a person is when they use deductions that are not allowed by the AMT such as; long-term capital gain at a reduced rate of 15%, state and local tax deductions, interest on home equity loans, medical deductions, etc. For a person to figure out how much, if any, AMT they owe, then they would fill out form 6251.

When a person files their taxes and they use certain deductions then they may be subject to Alternative Minimum Tax. When a person is figuring out if they owe this tax, they might get confused when it comes to what the AMT limitations are, how to figure out what if any the person owes, or how to apply for the AMT. When these concerns arise, then the person would need to contact an Expert to clear up the confusion.

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