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You don't have a choice as to when to take the loss.
If you have more than $3000 that can't be taken against capital gains, the rest is carried forward. The process continues until either all the loss is gone, or until you die.
If you have plenty of regular income, including dividend, interest, salary, whatever, you DO take the $3000 off the top. The AMT situation doesn't enter into it.
Best wishes, Chris
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