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Originally posted by qver74
U.S. Typical family of 4, income $75,000 (including benefits)
Social Security tax -- $4650
Local and state income tax - $6884 – (year 2005)
Federal income tax - $8850 Source:
Property tax - $4000
Sales tax - $2000
Motor vehicle taxes (driver license,excise, tags, title) - $200
Tobacco taxes - $300
Alcohol taxes - $50
Toll tag fees - $100
Capital gains tax - $1000
Inheritance tax - $0
Professional License fee - $1000
Fuel tax - $300 (est 750 gallons/year)
Hotel tax - $50
Retirement early withdrawal tax - $0
State Park - $0
Subtotal: $24734 – 32.9%
Indirect taxes (Raise cost of goods or services):
Employer portion of social security - $4650
Inflation loss on savings - $10,000 (based on $100,000 savings in U.S. Dollars). Source:
Cost health insurance - $10,000/year (paid by taxes in other industrialized countries)
College - $10,000/year (paid by taxes in some other industrialized countries)
Transportation (included due to lack of subsidized mass transit in U.S.) - $5000/year (includes yearly cost of maintaining car)
Subtotal $0 to $44650 = 0 to 59.5% indirect tax rate.
Total tax percentage (when tax benefits are compared to other industrialized countries): 32.9 to 92.4% effective rate.
When other household expenses are added, this “typical” family is actually going in debt at a rapid rate.
Direct taxes: $24,734
Indirect taxes: $20,000 (estimated)
Housing (not including taxes): $ 15,000
Total expenses: $88734
The above information puts a new perspective on “low” U.S. Tax rates as compared to other countries:
I'm sure I forgot to list a lot of different taxes in the above scenario. Maybe somebody can complete the list (or refute the items listed).
Originally posted by purplemer
reply to post by qver74
on a tax oppression table there are other countries above the us... italy comes in at top followed by turkey, poland, mexico, germany, netherlands, belgium, hungary, france, greece, the uk and then the us...
so really if you are in the us i would not complain too much