October 31,2007

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Tax Writers Notify IRS of Upcoming AMT Fix

Washington, DC – Leaders of the congressional tax writing committees notified the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today of imminent changes to the alternative minimum tax, and encouraged the agency to plan now to produce accurate tax forms for the 2007 filing season. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), Finance Ranking Republican Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Ways and Means Ranking Republican Member Jim McCrery (R-La.) sent a letter to Acting IRS Commissioner Linda Stiff, indicating their intention to complete legislation preventing the AMT from affecting any additional American taxpayers for 2007. The AMT was originally meant to ensure that wealthy Americans paid some income tax, but without indexing for inflation it has begun to affect middle-income American taxpayers.