Archive for May 4, 2010

Why We’re Going to Keep Patching the AMT—And Why It Will Cost So Much

It has become a regular stop on Washington’s fiscal merry-go-round: Congress patches the Alternative Minimum Tax for a year or two, but leaves future fixes for mañana. For instance, the Senate Budget Committee’s new fiscal blueprint makes room to fix the AMT for one year only and assumes money will be found from somewhere to pay for future patches. In its fiscal 2011 budget, the Obama Administration also assumes the AMT will be repaired, but buries the cost in its baseline and makes no effort to find the money to pay for the fix.