Has anyone else been hit with the alternative minimum tax (AMT) in years past? Any tips on how to avoid?

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What put you in AMT? Itemizing taxes, stock based compensation, or.....

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When your taxable income is between 300k and 500k, there IRS calculates your taxes two different ways, AMT method being the other. You are required to pay the higher of the two outcomes.

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You could ask your boss to pay you less

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Buy tax exempt bonds

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True, but the amt schedule tells you the adjustments. Manage the positive adjustments like state taxes to minimize impact of AMT. Timing buying incentive stock options and remembering to adjust for different basis on later disposal takes planning.

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Or pay you more.

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It's tough to avoid AMT. Charitable donations are one way. But it's too late to make donations that will affect 2016 taxes.

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If you don't like paying taxes I hope you didn't vote for Hillary

GS1 - a combination of crystallized gains from brokerage account and previous year's state/city tax deduction. Also prob because I contribute to 401k Roth.

Analyst 1 - my situation won't change even with the proposed tax cuts. The main benefits go to the top tax bracket.

Op- roth contribution is not an amt adjustment. If the crystalized gains included incentive stock options, than you may have a different (and often much larger) amt basis. State and city taxes are not deductible for amt. The gains and state taxes paid indicate you have much better than average income.

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