This doesn’t make sense. The tax law they passed on January 1 didn’t apply to 2012, it applied to 2013.
I guess they must have done something that also applied to 2012, that didn’t get clearly communicated.
The taxes they just raised, perhaps? (wow. that would suuuuuck.)
Yes, that is exactly it. The AMT patch was part of the fiscal BS bill. The AMT, when originally passed, set the application threshold in the area of $37k. It has never been adjusted for inflation or increasing wages - they just pass a patch each year to push up the point where it kicks in. Absent this patch, nearly all of us would have fallen in the AMT trap this year.
Just another reason that demonstrates how convoluted and complete BS our tax code is.