With just about every politician in Washington in agreement that some permanent fix needs to be made to the alternative minimum tax, the Tax Policy Center has released a report outlining a number of possibilities.Created as a parallel tax structure in 1969 that was aimed at preventing the super-rich from using deductions and shelters to avoid paying taxes, inflation has turned the AMT into a different monster. The center’s report notes that fewer than 400,000 families were affected by the tax in 1985, this year, about 3.8 million households will see their tax bills rise by an average of $6,813.
Assuming that President Bush's tax cuts expire on schedule in 2010, the 23 revenue-neutral options outlined by the Tax Policy Center -- which would balance the lost revenues of permanently repealing the AMT -- include:
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