# Do I have to file Form 6251?

## Do I have to file Form 6251?

You may need to file Form 6251 if you have specific AMT items. If you need to report any of the following items on your tax return, you must file Form 6251, Alternative Minimum Tax, even if you do not owe AMT. Home mortgage interest on a loan that you did not use to buy, build or improve your home.

## What triggers the alternative minimum tax?

The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) is triggered when taxpayers have more income than an exemption amount and they make use of many common itemized deductions. You must calculate your tax twice if your income is greater than the AMT exemption.

## How do I know if I paid AMT last year?

The simplest way to see why you are paying the AMT, or how close you came to paying it, is to look at your Form 6251 from last year. Compare the Tentative Minimum Tax to your regular tax (Tentative Minimum Tax should be the line above your regular tax) to see how close you were to paying the AMT.

## How do I calculate AMT depreciation?

The straight-line method of depreciation spreads the cost of the asset, less the residual value of the asset, evenly across each period of the useful life of the asset. Subtract the depreciation calculated using the straight-line method from the depreciation calculated using any other method

## Who should use form 6251?

Use Form 6251 to figure the amount, if any, of your alternative minimum tax (AMT). The AMT applies to taxpayers who have certain types of income that receive favorable treatment, or who qualify for certain deductions, under the tax law

## Do I have to pay AMT if I use standard deduction?

Who Has To Pay the AMT? You only have to concern yourself with the AMT if your adjusted gross income (AGI) exceeds the exemption for your filing status. You would then have to calculate your alternative minimum taxable income and pay the higher tax.