The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) is **a separate tax system that requires some taxpayers to calculate their tax liability twice**—first, under ordinary income tax rules, then under the AMT—and pay whichever amount is highest. The AMT has fewer preferences and different exemptions and rates than the ordinary system.

## What is the alternative minimum tax for 2020?

The AMT is levied at two rates: 26 percent and 28 percent. The AMT exemption amount for 2020 is $72,900 for singles and $113,400 for married couples filing jointly (Table 3). In 2020, the 28 percent AMT rate applies to excess AMTI of $197,900 for all taxpayers ($98,950 for married couples filing separate returns).

## Is there an alternative minimum tax for corporations?

The exemption and limitation are applied against the California AMTI apportioned and allocated to that taxpayer. For general corporations, the tentative minimum tax is 6.65 percent and 8.65 percent for financial corporations of the excess AMTI of the exemption amount.

## What is the alternative minimum tax for 2021?

If your income is over the stated level, you’re taxed at a rate of 28 percent on the excess income. This means that for a single person who earned more than $73,600 in 2021, but less than $199,900, the AMT rate is 26 percent. If that person earned more than $199,900, the AMT tax rate goes up to 28 percent.

## What is the alternative minimum tax and how does it work?

The alternative minimum tax, or AMT, is calculated using a different set of rules meant to ensure certain taxpayers pay at least a minimum amount of income tax. AMT calculations limit certain breaks for some taxpayers so their tax bill is higher. AMT rates are 26% or 28%.

## How is alternative minimum tax calculated?

Calculating the AMT is complicated. Taxpayers first calculate their “normal” adjusted gross income, then add back in certain items. Next, they subtract the applicable AMT exemption amount, multiply that by the appropriate AMT tax rate and subtract the AMT foreign tax credit to calculate a “tentative minimum” tax.

## What is the alternative minimum tax exemption?

An alternative minimum tax (AMT) places a floor on the percentage of taxes that a filer must pay to the government, no matter how many deductions or credits the filer may claim. The AMT recalculates income tax after adding certain tax preference items back into adjusted gross income.

## Does AMT apply to C corporations?

Although the AMT does not apply to C corporations in post-2017 years, it does apply to such taxpayers in pre-2018 years.

## What is the alternative minimum tax for 2019?

The AMT is levied at two rates: 26 percent and 28 percent. The AMT exemption amount for 2019 is $71,700 for singles and $111,700 for married couples filing jointly (Table 3). In 2019, the 28 percent AMT rate applies to excess AMTI of $194,800 for all taxpayers ($97,400 for married couples filing separate returns).