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It Would Be a Mistake to Resurrect Corporate Alternative Minimum Tax

The latest version of the Biden administration’s Build Back Better reconciliation package reintroduces a policy that has been tried before—and abandoned: a corporate alternative minimum tax (AMT). It would be a mistake to revive this complex and poorly designed policy. Instead, lawmakers should consider directly reducing corporate tax expenditures. The corporate alternative minimum tax was first introduced […]

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Lawmakers Consider Untested and Complex Policies to Fund Reconciliation Bill

Tax reform should simplify the tax code. Instead, Congress is debating new ways to raise revenue that would make the tax code more complex and more difficult to administer. The new proposals—imposing an alternative minimum tax on corporate book income, applying an excise tax on stock buybacks, levying a surcharge on higher earners, and, at […]

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What Federal Policymakers Can Learn from Business Tax Refunds in 2020

A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlights the ways federal policymakers and the White House could build on the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic and economic downturn. As part of this report, GAO reviewed how the relief measures for businesses and individuals have worked through 2020, including information about tax refund […]

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Does Your State Have a Corporate Alternative Minimum Tax?

Just as several states have individual alternative minimum taxes (AMTs) that prevent households and pass-through businesses from claiming “too many” itemized deductions, some states levy corporate AMTs to prevent corporations from reducing their corporate income tax liability beyond a certain level. By requiring taxpayers to calculate their tax liability under two different systems, the federal AMT imposed […]