The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) does not achieve its original goal – to ensure wealthy taxpayers pay at least some tax. By one projection, about 1,000 millionaires will pay no federal income tax in 2013. The AMT penalizes middle income taxpayers for having children, getting married, or paying state and local taxes, and is unnecessarily complicated and burdensome, even for those who are not subject to it. Many taxpayers must fill out a lengthy form only to find they owe little or no AMT after all.
To prevent high-income people from reducing their tax rates, Congress has made the tax code more complicated, and penalized taxpayers who live in high-tax states or have children. Congress should permanently repeal the AMT.