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If you're hitting the road to a new destination this Thanksgiving holiday, you've probably been looking at a road map.

Take a tax break from those red and blue highways and check out the even more colorful Tax Foundation's map of possible tax bracket creep across the United States.

State Income Tax Brackets and Inflation Adjustments_Tax Foundation

Bracket creep is as icky as it sounds.

It flares up, notes the Washington, D.C.-based group, when tax brackets aren't indexed for inflation. Without that adjustment, as a taxpayer's earnings increase, that added money will be taxed at higher rates.

You could contract this terrible tax affliction if you live in one of the map's orange-tinted states.

Unlike the Internal Revenue Service, which adjusts the federal income tax brackets each year to account for inflation, those 20 states and the District of Columbia do not index their multiple tax brackets for inflation.

Only 12 states -- those in green in the map above -- fully index brackets to inflation, say Tax Foundation analysts.

They are Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Maine, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont and Wisconsin.

California and Oregon, shown in purple, partially index their tax brackets.

And, notes Tax Analysts, New York's indexing is temporary.

Thank goodness I live in Texas, one of the gray states. The Lone Star State, along with Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming, don't tax any individual income.

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