alternative minimum tax


: a U.S. federal income tax that was originally imposed to prevent wealthy taxpayers from using tax shelters to avoid paying taxes, that excludes many deductions and exemptions allowed in computing regular tax liability, and that must be paid instead of the regular tax liability by individuals and businesses whose alternative minimum tax liability is greater than their regular tax liability

Examples of alternative minimum tax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That is because of the alternative minimum tax, which is designed to create a base tax rate for all earners. Tanza Loudenback,, 9 Nov. 2023 Both plans would repeal the estate tax, the alternative minimum tax, and the tax on investment income imposed by Obamacare. Alex Raskolnikov, Foreign Affairs, 24 May 2017 The alternative minimum tax, or AMT, establishes a base tax rate for all earners. Tanza Loudenback,, 9 Nov. 2023 Estimated tax is used to pay income tax plus self-employment tax and alternative minimum tax. Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 6 June 2023 Nearly a year after its enactment, the U.S. government still has not yet fully implemented the new corporate alternative minimum tax, as the Biden administration races to finalize a complex and critical element of Democrats’ broader economic agenda. Tony Romm, Washington Post, 14 Aug. 2023 Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax includes worksheets and examples that can be helpful to those with dividend or capital gains income; those who owe alternative minimum tax or self-employment tax; or special situations. Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 6 June 2023 That list will shrink, however, when the new U.S. corporate alternative minimum tax passed by Congress last year kicks in, and when offshore tax havens raise their rates. Julie Zauzmer Weil, Washington Post, 5 July 2023 The plan would also repeal the estate tax, the gift tax, the net-investment income tax, and the alternative minimum tax. Dominic Pino, National Review, 2 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alternative minimum tax was in 1958

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“Alternative minimum tax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

alternative minimum tax

: a federal tax that prevents a person or entity (as a corporation) with taxable income from avoiding tax liability and that imposes tax liability in the amount of the excess of the tentative minimum tax over regular tax liability see also tax preference item
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