bracket creep

noun
the gradual movement of a wage earner into a higher federal income-tax bracket as a result of wage increases intended to help offset inflation.
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bracket creep

noun
a movement into a higher tax bracket as taxable income increases 
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Example sentences
These adjustments prevent inflation-induced increases in tax rates, an effect called bracket creep.
These adjustments prev ent inflation-induced increases in tax rates, an effect called bracket creep.
Real bracket creep gradually continues to push taxpayers into higher tax brackets.
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