Inflation-Adjusted Tax Rates Announced

Some could see lower tax rates in 2023
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2022 1:30 AM CDT
Updated Oct 19, 2022 6:43 AM CDT
Inflation-Adjusted Tax Rates Announced
Internal Revenue Service taxes forms are seen on Feb. 13, 2019.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday announced the adjustments that will be in effect for 2023 tax rates in response to soaring inflation, meaning some taxpayers could see a lower tax bill. As the New York Times reports, typically when tax rates are adjusted for inflation, the adjustments are "incremental." Not so this year. All seven income brackets will be adjusted, with the largest shift seen at the highest level of earnings. The top income tax rate, 37%, will apply to those who earn $578,125 ($693,750 for married couples filing jointly), a big increase from this year's threshold of $539,900 for individuals. Those who no longer meet the cutoff for the highest rate will be taxed at the next level down, 35%, and so it goes down the line to the lowest tax rate, 10%. (For details on each level see Kiplinger.)

Axios explains why this happens: "The IRS adjusts tax brackets every year to ward off 'bracket creep'—when your salary rises to keep up with inflation, propelling you into a higher tax bracket." For example, someone earning $34,000 per year, if being taxed at the 1980 level, would be taxed at a 49% rate. But, per the Times, those whose salaries have been adjusted to match rising inflation (which is not the case for many in the US) won't benefit from the adjusted tax rates. The inflation adjustments were not carried out prior to 1985. In addition, in 2023 the standard deduction will increase $900 from this year to $13,850 for individuals; for couples, it will go up $1,800, to $27,700. Other adjustments include benefits for tax-free public transit and parking costs, the worth of the earned-income tax credit, and estate tax changes. (Read more Internal Revenue Service stories.)

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