The Rangel Amt Proposal Versus Unpaid-For Repeal Of The Amt: Which Is Better Tax Reform?

Source: Aviva Aron-Dine, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, February 13, 2008

Republican congressional leaders have sharply attacked House Ways and Means Chairman Rangel’s proposal to replace the Alternative Minimum Tax with a tax surcharge for very-high-income households as a massive tax increase that would seriously damage, even “doom,” the economy. In fact, however, the Rangel plan is not a tax increase. Moreover, it would create a tax system that is simpler, more progressive, and likely better for the economy than either current law or the idea favored by many of the plan’s critics: eliminating the AMT without paying for it.

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