Will the tax brackets change in 2022 compared to the previous year?
Every year the IRS updates the income level thresholds for the tax brackets to account for inflation so that taxpayers don’t suffer “bracket creep.”
The IRS adjusts tax provisions and tax brackets every year to account for inflation to avoid what is known as “bracket creep.” The percentages that Americans are taxed in the seven tax brackets remain the same, but income level thresholds that determine which one you fall into have been raised.
The adjustment announced by the IRS last year affects more than 60 tax provisions and took effect 1 January 2022, so they do not apply to the 2021 tax returns. Taxpayers can use this data to help plan ahead for their tax liability in the coming year to avoid having a surprise bill from Uncle Sam.
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2022 tax brackets
The seven brackets remain the same 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35% and 37% which were set after the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. However, the income thresholds for tax brackets are adjusted to reflect inflation or the cost of living. This is based on the Chained Consumer Price Index created by the Bureau of Labor Statistics through continuously tracking the changing price of a basket of goods and consumer purchasing behavior in response to that change.
The annual adjustment is designed to avoid “bracket creep”, when people are pushed into a higher income bracket or inflation reduces the value of other deductions or credits. So, for example instead of 10% being applied to the first $9,950 of income, it will now be applied to the first $10,275 for a taxpayer filing individually.
Also, the standard deduction will increase in 2022 by $400 to $12,950 for single filer or married but filing separately, by $600 to $19,400 for head of households and $800 to $25,900 for married taxpayers filing jointly.
An additional standard deduction of $1,400 will apply to those who are either 65 and older or blind, and the amount doubles if both apply to a taxpayer in 2022.
Dependents that can be claimed on another person’s tax return for the 2022 fiscal year are limited to a standard deduction of either $1,150 or your earned income plus $400, whichever is greater. However, the total can’t exceed the basic standard deduction for your filing status.
|Single filers & Married couples filing separately||$12,950|
|Married couples filing jointly & surviving spouses||$25,900|
|Head of Household||$19,400|
Your filing status could save you extra money
There are five categories of filers and conditions apply to the one you should use to file your taxes. The main determiner is your marital status on 31 December of the year for which you are reporting taxes, that will be the one you use for the entire year. It’s possible that more than one filing status applies to you, so the IRS recommends that you use the filing status that will reduce your tax liability the most.
To help taxpayers determine which filing status applies to them the IRS has an online tool “What Is My Filing Status?”
Income taxes are progressive
The tax brackets are progressive, so if you file as a single filer and have a taxable income of $50,000, you don’t pay 22 percent on the whole of your taxable income. You would pay 10 percent on the first $10,275 ($1,027.50), 12 percent on the income between $10,275 and $41,775 ($3,780), and then 22 percent on the remaining $8,225 ($1,809.50) for a total of $6,617 as opposed to $11,000.