Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Alternative Minimum Tax for Businesses

The alternative minimum tax (AMT) is not a challenge reserved solely for the individual taxpayer. A corporation (or LLC that is taxed as a corporation) that is not a "small business corporation" may be required to pay AMT if:
(1) the corporation's taxable income (before any net operating loss deduction) plus AMT adjustments and tax preference items is more than $40,000 (or the corporation's allowable exemption amount, whichever is lower), or
(2) the corporation claims a general business credit, the qualified electric vehicle credit, or the credit for a prior year minimum tax.
The AMT income tax rate for businesses is a flat 20 percent.

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