IRS Makes Highest Deductible Hike on Record Due to Inflation

by John Hugh DeMastri


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) increased the individual tax deductible for 2023 at the highest rate in more than 35 years due to inflation.

Individual tax deductibles increased by $900 to $13,850, up $1,800 to $27,700 for married couples filing jointly, a roughly 7% increase compared to tax year 2022, the IRS announced Tuesday. This increase is the largest hike since 1985, when tax brackets were first tied to inflation, The Washington Post reported.

In general, tax brackets also rose by roughly 7%, with the minimum income for the top rate of 37% skyrocketing from $539,900 to $578,125, according to the IRS. The lowest bracket of 10% now applies to all individuals earning $11,000 or less, up from $10,275 in tax year 2022.

Inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), has remained at or above 8% on an annual basis since March 2022, according to archived data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Despite declining in both August and September, year-over-year inflation has declined much slower than analyst expectations, with core inflation, a measure that discounts energy and food prices due to their volatility, actually increasing over the past few months.

Child tax credits were not adjusted, as they were set by the American Rescue Plan in 2021, but other incentives, like the Earned Income Tax Credit, which grants tax credits to low-income earners and families, increased by roughly $200 for qualifying taxpayers with three or more children, according to the IRS. Adoption expenses of up to $14,890 can be written off in 2023, up $450 from 2022.

The IRS also announced significant increases in the maximum value of gifts and estates shielded from taxes. The maximum value of shielded estate money increased by more $800,000, from just shy of $12.1 million to slightly more than $12.9 million, with the maximum shielded value of gifts increasing from $16,000 to $17,000.

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John Hugh DeMastri is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.
Photo “Internal Revenue Service” by Ken Lund. CC BY-SA 2.0.




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