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Understanding the American Taxpayer Relief Act

When President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) into law in January, the much-feared “fiscal cliff” was avoided, for the most part.

What item most benefits individuals?

Signage of the act provides permanent relief from the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). If the AMT ‘patch’ had not been put in place, as many as 30 million taxpayers could have been affected. Fortunately, a permanent AMT patch has been put in place.

Retroactively, effective for tax years beginning after 2011, the AMT exemption amounts (and indexes for inflation) have been permanently increased to $50,600 for unmarried taxpayers, $78,750 for joint filers and $39,375 for married persons filing separately. This means that, for a single person, the first $50,600 of income is exempt from the AMT calculation.

Click here to read more about the five key elements of the act affecting both individual taxpayers and businesses.

For more information on the American Taxpayer Relief Act or any of our Tax Planning & Preparation services, contact Jim Forbes by leaving a message below or by calling 440-449-6800.


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