bracket creep


Definition of bracket creep

: movement into a higher tax bracket as a result of income rises intended to offset the effects of inflation

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Recent Examples on the Web And tax revenue was generated by an expanding economy rather than pilfered through bracket creep. Phil Gramm And, WSJ, "Reagan Cut Taxes, Revenue Boomed," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of bracket creep

1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Bracket creep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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