The individual alternative minimum tax (AMT) was originally intended to assure that high-income people paid at least some tax, but the AMT was poorly designed and affects more and more middle-income people every year. The AMT raises a lot of tax revenue, however: reforming or eliminating it could cost $500 billion or more over the next decade. Consequently, some suggest that the best option would be to make the AMT the regular tax system, rather than an alternative. This paper examines the implications of basing a reformed tax system on the AMT rules.
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