The year ends on December 31. It’s now about halfway through December. The IRS (and consequently, the taxpayers) would be really happy if you reached some kind of resolution on the AMT by the end of the year. It makes printing the forms a little easier when you actually know the rules – that’s kind of hard when you haven’t decided on any.
I realize that I’m not a political genius but I have a suggestion for moving this along: why not have a bill that focuses on AMT? You know, with no Iraq spending, extra taxes or immigration measures rolled up in it? There need not even be a permanent fix – you’re pretty good at those temporary fixes anyhow. We just need something by the end of the year. And by the end of the year, I’m not including the two weeks of vacation that you’ll tack on. So, maybe this week?
I’m not even suggesting a three to five year fix. I’m okay with a patch. It can be our little tax Nicoderm.
I know it’s not going to be easy for you. As a middle child, I realize that nobody ever wants to give in during a fight. You want to win. The Republicans want to be right. The Democrats want to be right. The Senate wants to be heroes. The House wants to be heroes. This is the thing: nobody really cares. Just like nobody ever really cared who won any of a number of leg wrestling matches between my brothers in the living room.
We don’t need a “winner” – but your fight sure is creating a lot of losers, meaning taxpayers. So far, you’re threatening us with delayed filings and refunds. What’s that about?
So, I think all most of us taxpayers want for Christmas is an end to the bickering. Remember, Santa’s watching.
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