IRS Announces 2023 Tax Brackets Amid Inflation

With 2023 now within view, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the tax brackets that will be used for the new tax year. While these adjustments are an annual tradition, this round of increases comes after a year where inflation has topped 8%. In turn, this latest round of raises is larger than usual. Across the board, brackets were adjusted by about 7%. In comparison, the change between 2021 and 2022 saw just a 1% increase.

Starting next year, individuals making up $11,000 will fall into the 10% bracket — an increase of $725 compared to last year. On the other end of the spectrum, the top-tier 37% marginal rate will not kick in for individuals until they’ve made over $578,125. That marks an adjustment of $38,225. For the 2022 tax year, this bracket saw a much more modest adjustment, rising only $6,525 from 2021.

Here’s a look at the new 2023 tax brackets alongside the 2022 brackets.

Rate2023 Individuals2022 Individuals2023 Married Filing Jointly2022 Married Filing Jointly
10%Up to $11,000 Up to $10,275 Up to $22,000Up to $20,550
12%$11,001 to $44,725$10,276 to $41,775 $22,001 to $89,450$20,551 to $83,550
22%$44,726 to $95,375$41,776 to $89,075 $89,451 to $190,750$83,551 to $178,150
24%$95,376 to $182,100$89,076 to $170,050$190,751 to $364,200$178,151 to $340,100
32%$182,101 to $231,250$170,051 to $215,950$364,201 to $462,500 $340,101 to $431,900
35%$231,251 to $578,125$215,951 to $539,900$462,501 to $693,750$431,901 to $647,850
37%Over $578,125Over $539,900Over $693,750Over $647,850

In addition to adjusting next year’s tax brackets, the IRS also increased the standard deduction. For individual taxpayers, the standard deduction will rise to $13,850 — an increase of $900. Likewise, the deduction for married couples filing jointly will climb $1,800, coming in at $27,700 for 2023. The standard deduction for heads of household will be $20,800, marking a $1,400 increase. For context, in 2022, the standard deduction for single filers rose by $400 while the deduction for married couples filing jointly went up by $800.

Also being adjusted for the 2023 tax year in the Earned Income Credit. Now the maximum for qualifying taxpayers who have three or more qualifying children will be $7,430. This is up from the $6,935 maximum for the 2022 tax year.

Given the ongoing inflation the United States has experienced, it should come as no surprise that this year’s tax bracket and standard deduction adjustment are a bit more dramatic than in years past. Still, these changes do reflect what kind of year it’s been.  As a reminder, these new brackets and deductions will go into effect for the 2023 year — in other words, they won’t impact the tax returns that Americans will prepare by next April.

Also published on Medium.


Jonathan Dyer

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