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January 1, Brace Yourselves for 2024: New IRS Tax Brackets Could Fatten Your Paycheck



Higher federal income tax brackets and standard deductions will take effect at the beginning of January, potentially giving Americans a chance to increase their take-home pay in 2024 and shield more of their income from the IRS. The IRS announced the higher limits for the federal income tax bracket and standard deductions in November.

The increase is intended to avoid a phenomenon known as “bracket creep,” which happens when taxpayers are pushed into higher-income brackets even though their purchasing power is essentially unchanged due to steeper prices for most goods.

The IRS makes such adjustments annually, but in times of high inflation, the increases are more significant and impactful for taxpayers. Although inflation has fallen considerably over the past year, it remains higher than both the pre-pandemic average and the Federal Reserve’s 2% target. This year, the tax brackets are shifting higher by about 5.4%.

The higher thresholds where tax rates take effect could mean savings for millions of Americans across all income brackets. Here are the changes unveiled by the IRS. The inflation-adjusted elements will apply to the 2024 tax year, meaning returns filed in 2025.

The standard deduction, which reduces the amount of income you must pay taxes on, is claimed by a majority of taxpayers. It will rise to $29,200, up from $27,700 in 2024 for married couples filing jointly, amounting to a 5.4% bump. For individuals, the new maximum will be $14,600 for 2024, up from $13,850, the IRS said.

Heads of households will see their standard deduction jump to $21,900 in 2024, up from $20,800. The IRS is increasing the tax brackets by about 5.4% for both individual and married filers across the different income spectrums. The top tax rate remains 37% in 2024.

The IRS also increased the thresholds for several other tax provisions, including the earned income tax credit amount, with families now eligible to receive $7,830 if they have three or more qualifying children. That is up from $7,430 for tax year 2023. Employees can also contribute more to their health flexible spending accounts, with the maximum contribution rising by about $150 to $3,200.

Why It Matters (op-ed)

The new IRS tax brackets taking effect in 2024 are a step in the right direction, but they’re not enough to combat the economic challenges facing Americans. By increasing federal income tax brackets and standard deductions, the IRS aims to counteract “bracket creep” and offer relief amidst high inflation.

However, this approach merely treats the symptoms rather than addressing the root causes of inflation and runaway government spending. The focus should be on reducing the burden of taxation and reining in government intervention in the economy, allowing the free market to flourish and create opportunities for all. The temporary relief offered by these adjustments will soon be overshadowed if we don’t address the underlying issues.

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  1. mike

    January 1, 2024 at 8:07 pm

    from the time the gold standard was dropped. The dollar worth has dropped to 97% from that of 1971. so don’t give me the BS
    I could go to McD’s in 1971 buy a Drink, Fries and 2 cheese burger’s and get change for a dollar
    now that same meal is over ten dollars
    inflation dropped who’s doing the math must be a Bidens PHD professor

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