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Can you choose between paying the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and regular tax?


Taxpayers must pay the greater of an Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) or regular tax. Remember, the AMT will not apply to everyone, so check with a tax professional to see if it applies to you.

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True or False: Once married, you have the option to file taxes as single.


When you're married, you can’t file as single. You can choose married filing jointly or married filing separately depending on which is more advantageous to you financially.

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  • Filing your tax return when you are married could either reduce your taxes (marriage bonus) or raise your overall taxes (marriage penalty). Consult your tax advisor to determine which filing status is best for your household
  • The alternative minimum tax requires a separate tax calculation under which you may be required to pay an additional amount of tax. Consult your tax advisor to determine if the alternative minimum tax applies to you
  • You’ll likely pay a lower percentage of your income in taxes than the tax bracket you’re in
  • The higher your taxable income, the higher percentage you will likely have to pay in taxes