Hopefully this doesn't fall under the category of politics, and hopefully this can stay politic free. So let's see. Today I was talking to a friend about different areas in the world, and he was saying, they have it good there, but their taxes are so high. Now this expression always annoyed me. The fact is, as American's we are taxed really damn high and none of us take note. I always do this break out explaining to people that guess what, we are taxes as much as everyone else. Since this is an international board, I figured I would take a stab and see if my theory is indeed true. I am going to use the NY/NJ/CT area as an example of how high our taxes are as a whole: - Income Tax is 28% of your gross salary (based off of Avg HHI) - Purchase tax in NYC is 8.375,of NET salary. So if you add 34% to 8.375 to get back to gross taxes, then the tax rate is really 11%. - Social Security 6.2% of you gross salary - Medic Aid Tax is 1.45% of your gross salary - The average home tax for NY/NJ/CT for home owners is roughly $8,000 Net ($11K gross)The average HHI for the NY/NJ/CT is $90,000 Gross, so roughly 8.18% So the total taxes an average NY/NJ/CT person pays is 55% of Gross income. That is not taking into account taxes on Gas and other hidden taxes we don't even know about. So the next time you want to say, well France has x,y and z, but they get taxed out the ass, think that we are getting taxed at 55%. Now for international people, what is your total Gross tax rate taking into account everything?