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Federal Form 8801 Credit for Prior Year Minimum Tax - Individuals, Estates, and Trusts is for the calculation of a credit in certain circumstances when one has had the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) in a prior year.

Certain numbers are automatically pulled into the form from the current year's return in anticipation that the form may be needed. Additional information from the prior year return is necessary to enable the calculation to be done. If one imports the prior year return in TaxAct, the applicable information is automatically drawn in from the prior year return. Otherwise, that data must be entered into the system.

To enter information to complete Federal Form 8801:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Federal. On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, then click Federal.
  2. Click Other Credits in the Federal Quick Q&A Topics menu to expand, click Other credits to expand, then click Credit for Prior Year Minimum Tax - Form 8801.
  3. Continue with the interview process to enter all of the appropriate information.
  4. On the screen titled Credit for Prior Year Minimum Tax - 2019 Type of Return, click either Form 1040NR or Form 1040 or 1040-SR.

Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the document at the time it is accessed.


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