BEST AND WORST STATES TO AVOID THE AMT
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BEST AND WORST STATES TO AVOID THE AMT

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Where you live can trigger the AMT.

Ironically, living in a region with high state taxes -- including income, sales and property tax -- can increase your federal tax bill instead of reducing it. When moderate to wealthy taxpayers try to take these deductions on Form 1040, the amounts can be large enough to trigger the alternative minimum tax, which excludes these deductions.

Based on the most recent IRS data*, the Tax Foundation reports nearly half of all AMT filers, 44.2%, live in the five highest taxed states.

See which states offer best bets for avoiding or triggering the AMT and find out how yours ranks.

* AMT rankings are based on 2005 data. For statistical integrity 2005 data is referenced for all states, with more current data provide through notations.
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No. 1 -- NEW JERSEY

Percentage of AMT tax returns: 6.83%
(National percentage: 3.01%)

AMT tax liability (all state returns): $277

Added tax liability per AMT return: $4,065


Possible Factors for AMT Ranking
State income tax: 5.525% (median tax bracket)
State sales tax: 6%
Avg. property tax & ranking: No. 1 -- $6,110
Total state & local tax burden: 11.6% (U.S. avg. -- 11%)
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No. 2 -- NEW YORK

Percentage of AMT tax returns: 6.00%
(National percentage: 3.01%)

AMT tax liability (all state returns): $322

Added tax liability per AMT return: $5,370


Possible Factors for AMT Ranking
State income tax: 6.85%
State sales tax: 4%
Avg. property tax & ranking: No. 4 -- $4,800
Total state & local tax burden: 13.8% (U.S. avg. -- 11%)
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No. 3 -- CONNECTICUT

Percentage of AMT tax returns: 5.90%
(National percentage: 3.01%)

AMT tax liability (all state returns): $245

Added tax liability per AMT return: $4,147


Possible Factors for AMT Ranking
State income tax: 5%
State sales tax: 6%
Avg. property tax & ranking: No. 2 -- $5,405
Total state & local tax burden: 12.2% (U.S. avg. -- 11%)
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No. 4 -- WASHINGTON D.C.

Percentage of AMT tax returns: 5.19%
(National percentage: 3.01%)

AMT tax liability (all state returns): $282

Added tax liability per AMT return: $5,439


Possible Factors for AMT Ranking
Income tax rate: 8.7%
State sales tax: 4%
Avg. property tax & ranking: N/A -- $4,575
Total state & local tax burden: 12.5% (U.S. avg. -- 11%)
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No. 5 -- MARYLAND

Percentage of AMT tax returns: 5.02%
(National percentage: 3.01%)

AMT tax liability (all state returns): $190

Added tax liability per AMT return: $3,790


Possible Factors for AMT Ranking
State income tax: 4.75%**
State sales tax: 5%
Avg. property tax & ranking: No. 26 -- $2,682
Total state & local tax burden: 10.8% (U.S. avg. -- 11%)

** Figures not based on 2007 tax data. Maryland increased number of tax brackets for 2007 raising income tax up to 5.75%.
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No. 1 -- SOUTH DAKOTA

Percentage of AMT tax returns: .87%
(National percentage: 3.01%)

AMT tax liability (all state returns): $30

Added tax liability per AMT return: $3,474


Possible Factors for AMT Ranking
State income tax: None
State sales tax: 4%
Avg. property tax & ranking: No. 32 -- $2,353
Total state & local tax burden: 8.9% (U.S. avg. -- 11%)
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No. 2-- MISSISSIPPI

Percentage of AMT tax returns: .94%
(National percentage: 3.01%)

AMT tax liability (all state returns): $32

Added tax liability per AMT return: $3,389


Possible Factors for AMT Ranking**
State income tax: 5%
State sales tax: 7%
Avg. property tax & ranking: No. 41 -- $1,815
State & local tax burden: 10.5% (U.S. avg. -- 11%)

** Hurricane Katrina tax relief is a factor for these 2005 AMT rankings.
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No. 3 -- TENNESSEE

Percentage of AMT tax returns: .96%
(National percentage: 3.01%)

AMT tax liability (all state returns): $49

Added tax liability per AMT return: $4,051


Possible Factors for AMT Ranking
State income tax: None**
State sales tax: 4%
Avg. property tax & ranking: No. 42 -- $1,646
Total state & local tax burden: 8.5% (U.S. avg. -- 11%)

**There is a 6% flat tax on dividend and interest income. Avg. income tax collect per person $24.
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No. 4 -- ALASKA

Percentage of AMT tax returns: .97%%
(National percentage: 3.01%)

AMT tax liability (all state returns): $31

Added tax liability per AMT return: $3,192


Possible Factors for AMT Ranking
State income tax: None
State sales tax: 0%
Avg. property tax & ranking: No. 11 -- $3,826
Total state & local tax burden: 6.6% (U.S. avg. -- 11%)
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No. 5 -- ALABAMA

Percentage of AMT tax returns: 1.05%%
(National percentage: 3.01%)

AMT tax liability (all state returns): $42

Added tax liability per AMT return: $4,031


Possible Factors for AMT Ranking
State income tax: 5%
State sales tax: 4%
Avg. property tax & ranking: No. 50 -- $1,002
Total state & local tax burden: 8.8% (U.S. avg. -- 11%)

How does your state rank? AMT Rankings for All States
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