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AMT and I are not exactly strangers. Which kind of makes sense, as a lot of the returns my partner and I do are for higher income taxpayers. But I still have some of my pre-merger clients - previously described as quite similar to a VITA site. ;-)

So one of my long timers was in over the weekend. He's divorced, but keeps having the boomerang children coming back. With additional baggage. This year, he added his daughter-in-law and newborn grandson to the list of dependents. That raised the total to 6 dependents, plus his own, for 7 dependency exemptions. On a $55k salary. Head of Household.

Anyone care to plug those facts into your tax program and see what you get? (OK - you can skip that part as I kind of spilled the beans.)

Yep. A $60 phone tax credit. To go with the AMT.

This is probably the lowest income return I have seen with AMT. Heck, my program even put it on a 1040A and isn't attaching a 6251. Just writing in "AMT" and the amount of the AMT on the line reporting the tax.

This might be old news to you VITA and TCE volunteers. But it's something new for me.

--Peter
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