House Approves Stimulus Bill, But Where is AMT Fix?

House Approves Stimulus Bill, But Where is AMT Fix?

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USA-Tax-News.Com reported today that,  

Senator Chuck Grassley, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, has criticized the version of the economic recovery legislation released by the House Ways and Means Committee last week for leaving out provisions that would curtail the reach of the alternative minimum tax for another year.

“The tax bill released by the House does not contain an alternative minimum tax patch for this year. If the alternative minimum tax patch is not enacted into law, millions of middle-class Americans won’t get much of the tax benefits that they appear to be getting under the House bill, because the alternative minimum tax will take these benefits away,” Grassley commented in a statement.

“It makes no sense to give tax cuts with one hand and take them away with another. I’ll fight to have the alternative minimum tax patch for 2009 included in the Senate version of the stimulus bill, so that millions of middle-class Americans won’t have their tax cuts taken away before they ever receive them,” he added.

The Stimulus bill was approved by the House Ways and Means Committee last Thursday.

BNA Software had noted the lack of the AMT patch over a week ago and reported,

One noticeably absent provision in the stimulus package was an alternative minimum tax “patch” for tax year 2009. Raising the AMT exemption levels in 2009 to keep more than 20 million taxpayers from facing the tax would cost an estimated $80 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Lawmakers in both houses have expressed concern that inserting the AMT patch into the stimulus bill would either crowd out other tax incentives deemed to have a far greater stimulative effect on the economy or could push the cost of the total stimulus bill above their unofficial limit of $1 trillion.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters Jan. 15 that the immediate priorities for House Democrats are the investments in infrastructure and middle-class tax cuts in the package, not AMT.

Rangel echoed that view in comments to reporters, but said he expects senators to push harder for an AMT patch.

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About Peter Pappas

Peter is a tax attorney and certified public acccountant with over 20 years experience helping taxpayers resolve their IRS and state tax problems.

He has represented thousands of taxpayers who have been experiencing difficulty dealing with the Internal Revenue Service or State tax officials.

He is a member of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Bar Association and The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court, the United States Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts - Middle District of Florida

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