FINANCE COMMITTEE TAKES AIM AT AMT: A bipartisan coalition of members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, including chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa; ranking member Max Baucus, D-Mont.; Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., have introduced legislation to repeal the alternative minimum tax.The Individual Alternative Minimum Tax Repeal Act of 2005 would amend the Internal Revenue Code to end the AMT beginning in the 2006 tax year.

The current temporary "patch" or increase in AMT exemptions is set to expire at the end of 2005. According to the Congressional Research Service, the end of those exemptions would increase the number of taxpayers paying the AMT to more than 19 million next year - up from 2.3 million in 2003.

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