IRS announces tax inflation adjustments for 2024
The IRS has released updates regarding tax inflation adjustments for the 2024 tax year. These adjustments, influenced by recent inflation trends, will affect various tax provisions.
Standard deduction increases
- For married couples filing jointly, the standard deduction rises to $27,700, up from $27,400 in the previous year.
- Single taxpayers and married individuals filing separately will see their standard deduction increase to $13,850, compared to $13,700 in 2023.
- For heads of households, the standard deduction will be $20,800, an increase from $20,500.
Tax bracket adjustments
The tax rate thresholds have been adjusted, modifying the income brackets for each tax rate.
This change ensures that individuals are not pushed into higher tax brackets due to inflation.
Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
- The AMT exemption amount for tax year 2024 is $81,300 and begins to phase out at $578,150 for married couples filing jointly.
- For single filers, the exemption amount is $57,300, phasing out at $433,800.
- The estate tax exemption will increase to $12.92 million per individual, a notable rise from the previous $12.06 million.
- Various other tax credits and deductions have been adjusted in accordance with inflation changes.
An IRS spokesperson emphasized, "These annual adjustments are designed to prevent taxpayers from experiencing 'bracket creep' when inflation pushes them into higher income tax brackets or reduces the value of credits, deductions, and exemptions."
Implications for taxpayers
The adjustments aim to reflect cost-of-living changes, thereby ensuring taxpayers are not unduly burdened by inflation. Taxpayers are encouraged to review these changes and plan accordingly for their 2024 tax filings.