Some taxpayers may get a break next year on their taxes thanks to the annual inflation adjustment of tax brackets set by the IRS.
The tax agency hasn't yet announced the new brackets for 2024, but that is likely to come within the next days or weeks, which has issued its own forecast for the new tax brackets as well as other policies that are adjusted for higher prices.
The IRS relies on a formula based on the consumer price index — which tracks a basket of goods and services typically bought by consumers — to adjust many tax policies each year. Last year, for instance, tax brackets were boosted by a historically large 7% due to the highest inflation in 40 years. Because inflation has eased this year, the annual boost is likely to be more moderate, with brackets rising about 5.4%, setting higher thresholds can help avoid so-called "bracket creep," or when workers are pushed into higher tax brackets due to the impact of cost-of-living adjustments to offset inflation, without a change in their standard of living. It can also help taxpayers shave some of what they owe to the IRS if more of their income falls into a lower bracket as a result of the higher thresholds.
"For the income tax brackets, the dollar amounts have now increased, so for 2023, the lowest bracket for single people is those making up to $22,000, but now it's up to $23,200, so it basically changes how much you are going to be taxed"
Tax brackets are moving higher for 2024
The IRS adjusts tax brackets each year for inflation. Next year, brackets will be shifted 5.4% higher, according to a forecast -
Married couples filing jointly
Head of household
$0 up to $11,600
$0 up to $23,200
$0 up to $16,550
more than $11,600 up to $47,150
more than $23,200 up to $94,300
more than $16,550 up to $63,100
more than $47,150 up to $100,525
more than $94,300 up to $201,050
more than $63,100 up to $100,500
more than $100,525 up to $191,950
more than $201,050 up to $383,900
more than $100,500 up to $191,950
more than $191,950 up to $243,725
more than $383,900 up to $487,450
more than $191,950 up to $243,700
more than $243,725 up to $609,350
more than $487,450 up to $731,200
more than $243,700 up to $609,350
more than $609,350
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