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What is the AMT?

AMT Exemption

AMT Adjustments

AMT Preferences

Minimum Tax Credit

AMT Forms


Alternative Minimum Tax Amounts

AMT Rates:

26%, up to Alternative Minimum Taxable Income (AMTI) of

2014 - $182,500 ($91,250 for married filing separately)

2013 - $179,500 ($89,750 for married filing separately)

28% on AMTI over the above amounts

AMT Exemption Amounts Before Phase-Out

Taxpayers Filing Single or Head of Household:

2010 - $47,450

2011 - $48,450

2012 - $50,600

2013 - $51,900

2014 - $52,800

Married Filing Jointly
or Qualifying Widower:

2010 - $72,450

2011 - $74,450

2012 - $78,750

2013 - $80,800

2014 - $82,100

Married Filing Separately:

2010 - $36,225

2011 - $37,225

2012 - $39,375

2013 - $40,400

2014 - $41,050


Phase-Out Thresholds

The AMT exemption is reduced by 25% of the amount that alternative minimum taxable income exceeds thethreshold amounts listed below.

Single or Head of Household

2012 - $112,500

2013 - $115,400

2014 - $117,300

Married Filing Jointly  or Qualifying Widowers

2012 - $150,000

2013 - $153,900

2014 - $156,500

Married Filing Separately

2012 - $75,000

2013 - $76,950

2014 - $78,250


AMT Exemption - Children Subject Kiddie Tax

For 2012

The lesser of $50,600
or the child's earned income plus $6,950

For 2013

The lesser of $51,900
or the child's earned income plus $7,150

For 2014

The lesser of $52,800
or the child's earned income plus $7,250


What is the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)?

In simple terms, the alternative minimum tax (AMT) is an additional tax that is calculated separately from a taxpayer's regular tax and paid in addition to the regular tax. The AMT system is based on the regular income tax system, but AMT is calculated independently from regular tax. Under the AMT system, certain regular tax deductions are disallowed or allowed over a longer period of time. In addition certain income items that are not included in regular taxable income are included in alternative minimum taxable income (AMTI) and some income items are included in AMTI in an earlier period than in regular taxable income. The tax rates under the AMT are also different. Under the AMT, an individual taxpayer is subject to rates of:

As discussed in the section "Outline of AMT Calculation", below, the amount of an individual taxpayer's AMT is the difference between his tentative minimum tax calculated under the AMT rules and his regular tax amount. If the taxpayer's tentative minimum tax amount is lower than his regular tax amount for the year, the taxpayer does not owe any AMT.

NOTE: If the taxpayer owes AMT (i.e., the taxpayer's tentative minimum
tax amount is greater than his regular tax amount), the total amount of
tax the taxpayer will pay is equal to his tentative minimum tax amount.
However, for a number of reasons, it is important to remember that
technically, only the amount of the tentative minimum tax in excess of
the regular tax amount is considered AMT.

AMT Exemption: Because the AMT is intended to ensure that high income
taxpayers pay a minimum amount of income tax, a special
AMT exemption
deduction is allowed for taxpayers with AMTI below a certain level. The AMT exemption prevents most but not all lower and middle income taxpayers from being subject to the AMT. To prevent higher income taxpayers from benefiting from the AMT exemption, the exemption is phased-out for taxpayers with AMTI in excess of a threshold amount.

Minimum Tax Credit: As noted above, the AMT rules cause some
deductions and income to be recognized in different years for regular tax and AMT purposes. When a taxpayer pays AMT due to a difference in timing of a deduction or an income item between the two systems, the taxpayer is
generally entitled to a
minimum tax credit which can be used to offset regular tax (but not AMT) in a future year. The minimum tax credit is calculated on Form 8801.

NOTE: No credit is allowed for income or deduction items that cause a
permanent difference between AMTI and regular taxable income (for
example, state income taxes, which are allowed as a deduction in
calculating regular tax but not in calculating AMT).

Outline of AMT Calculation

Under the AMT system, a taxpayer must determine his alternative minimum
taxable income (AMTI) using the separate AMT rules. Because the calculation of AMTI is based on the calculation of regular tax income, the calculation (which is done on
Form 6251) begins with the taxpayer's adjusted gross income (if the taxpayer claims a standard deduction) or the taxpayer's adjusted gross income less itemized deductions if the taxpayer itemizes. The taxpayer adds or subtracts any AMT adjustment or AMT preference items to determine AMTI.

The taxpayer then applies the AMT rates to his AMTI to determine his
tentative minimum tax. The tentative minimum tax is reduced by any AMT
foreign tax credit available to the taxpayer. If the taxpayer’s tentative minimum tax (after applying the AMT foreign tax credit) exceeds his regular tax, the excess of the tentative minimum tax over the regular tax is the taxpayer’s AMT.

The basic formula for calculating AMT is as follows:

NOTE: This formula is for use only in estimating the amount of a taxpayer’s AMT liability. In order to determine the actual liability, a taxpayer must use Form 6251.

Start with: Regular Taxable income


Add or subtract AMT Adjustments


Add AMT Preference items


Subtract AMT Exemption


Equals Alternative Minimum Taxable Income (AMTI)


Multiply AMTI by AMT rates


Equals Tentative Minimum Tax (before credits)


Subtract AMT Foreign Tax Credit


Equals Tentative Minimum Tax


Subtract Regular Tax


Equals Net Alternative Minimum Tax


If the net alternative minimum tax is a positive amount, the taxpayer must pay this amount in addition to his regular tax (less applicable non-refundable credits). If it is a negative amount, the taxpayer does not owe any AMT for the year.


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