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More Unintended Consequences

Today I caught a bit of CNBC, in which there was a brief discussion of the AMT. The AMT (Alternative Minimum Tax) was put in place to be sure that the wealthy were not able to gather so many deductions and tax loopholes that they could avoid paying taxes on all their income. Good idea in theory, but in practice the AMT amount was never adjusted for inflation and is now hitting people it was never intended to. People who live in a state with high taxes are now finding that their Real Estate taxes and/or State Income Tax are no longer deductible, but wiped out by the AMT.

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