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Bracket Creep in the Age of Indexing: Have We Solved the Problem?


Indexation of the personal tax code for price-level changes represents one of the most significant elements of U.S. tax legislation in the 1980s. However, because the indexation provisions do not adjust personal tax-rate schedules contemporaneously, bracket indexation remains incomplete. This paper argues that, even ignoring the remaining problems associated with capital-income measurement, depreciation provisions, and so on, the potential distortionary costs of inflation/tax-system interactions remain high.


Suggested citation: Altig, David, and Charles Carlstrom, 1991. “Bracket Creep in the Age of Indexing: Have We Solved the Problem?,” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Working Paper no. 91-08.

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