Bracket-creep meaning

A shift of personal income into a tax bracket with a higher tax rate as a result of inflation.
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An advance into a higher income tax bracket resulting from an increase in nominal income: the higher taxes, when combined with the effects of inflation, may produce a decline in real income.
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The effect that inflation has on pushing incomes higher and, thus, into higher income tax brackets.
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(taxation) Increased taxation that arises when an inflation adjustment to a wage or salary pushes a taxpayer into a higher tax bracket (or, in a progressive taxation regime, further into a bracket).
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