These are all the taxes we pay:
Federal personal income tax 17%
(2011 est. - 18.2%) Top 25% rate. It ranges from a credit up to well over 40%. Source
State & local income taxes 10.1%
(2009 - 10.6%) State taxes range from under 6% to over 12%. Local taxes run from zero to 2.75%. Source, source, source, 2009 source
Sales tax 9.7%
(2009 - 10.3%) Figure is the average rate. State sales taxes range up to 8% and local taxes run from zero to over 5%. Source, source, 2008 source (broken link as of 2012), 2009 source
Social security & Medicaid 7.65% Total rate is actually 15.3% since half is paid by the employer, but we're ignoring that to be kind and to avoid being accused of being too political.
Federal corporate income tax share 3% Based on corporate taxes being approximately 1/6 of personal taxes, and that they are paid by individuals in the final analysis.
Property tax 2.5%
(2007 - 2.7%) Yearly average actual costs range from under $200 in Alaska to almost $1900 in New Jersey. Source
Fuel/gasoline tax .5%
(2009 est. - .6%) Approximately 23% of the 2005 gasoline price is for federal & state taxes. The federal excise tax is 18.4 cents per gallon. Per the CPI, about 6% of the average budget is for transportation. Estimated. 2010 estimate, $.45 per gallon average. Source
(2009-2013 - 8%+) Includes estate tax, fees, licenses, inflation losses, inheritance, deficit allowance, gift, and others too numerous to mention. Estimated.
Total tax percentage potentially paid by the above average US citizen, 2005 - 54.4%
Total tax percentage potentially paid by the above average US citizen, 2013 est. - 59.7%
Note 1: the total tax paid is closer to 43%, since the figures above do not distinguish between taxes on gross and net income, nor do they adjust for tax planning and many other factors. Note also that the Tax Foundation's numbers are closer to 30% for the actual "average" US citizen.
Note 2: Inflation effects are likely quite understated - if actual inflation is 6% and one is only earning 4%. the tax rate is not the main issue.
Note 3: A major factor that intentionally isn't covered (for political reasons) is a fuller picture of medical care and taxes. Most of health care is paid by the employer as of 2011 and results in a higher tax rate overall - we estimate it as at least 5%.
Note 4: This page is not intended to be definitive and completely accurate on tax rates and issues - to do so would be virtually impossible considering all the factors. Its primarily intended to show a fuller picture than is normally presented.
A partial list of the various ways in which citizens of the US are taxed:
•Accounts Receivable Tax
•Building Permit Tax
•Capital Gains Tax
•CDL license Tax
•Corporate Income Tax
•Court Fines (indirect taxes)
•Dog License Tax
•Federal Income Tax
•Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
•Fishing License Tax
•Food License Tax
•Fuel permit tax
•Hunting License Tax
•Inheritance Tax Interest expense (tax on the money)
•Inventory tax IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
•IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
•Local Income Tax
•Marriage License Tax
•Real Estate Tax
•Septic Permit Tax
•Service Charge Taxes
•Social Security Tax
•Road Usage Taxes (Truckers)
•Recreational Vehicle Tax
•Road Toll Booth Taxes
•State Income Tax
•State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
•Telephone federal excise tax
•Telephone federal universal service fee tax
•Telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes
•Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax
•Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax
•Telephone state and local tax
•Telephone usage charge tax
•Toll Bridge Taxes
•Toll Tunnel Taxes
•Traffic Fines (indirect taxation)
•Trailer Registration Tax
•Vehicle License Registration Tax
•Vehicle Sales Tax
•Watercraft Registration Tax
•Well Permit Tax
•Workers Compensation Tax http://www.nowandfutures.com/taxes.html
This is how California Taxes Break Down:
California has been ranked as the third worst state for taxes by the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan tax research group in Washington, D.C. California has the highest state level sales tax rate in the nation at 8.25% and has some of the highest income tax rates in the country.
Find out how these California state taxes will affect you whether you’re buying a home, shopping, or making money.
California Property Tax
Property in California is assessed at 100% of full cash value (a.k.a. fair market value). Under Proposition 13, the maximum amount of tax on real estate is limited to 1% of the full cash value and cannot increase more than 2% over the previous year. Under the homestead program, homeowners who live in their homes as their principal residence qualify for a $7,000 reduction in the taxable value of their property.
The Homeowner Assistance (HRA) program that provided property tax relief to the blind, disabled, or elderly has been discontinued. State funding has been suspended for this program.
California Income Tax
California income tax rates range from 1.25% to 9.55% and are levied on California residents’ income and non-residents’ income from California sources. The highest rate begins at $46,349 of income and those with incomes over $1 million have to pay an additional 1% tax surcharge (for a total tax of 10.55%).
Many of your federal deductions may be limited or disallowed in California, but many state tax credits are available including: an exemption credit for yourself and your dependents, a credit for renters, a credit for single parents or divorced parents, a credit for people who have a dependent parent, and several more.
More: Detailed information on California income tax
Other California Taxes
Sales Tax: 8.25% (food and prescription drugs exempt). California allows cities and counties to charge additional sales taxes, and depending on the locality, rates can be as high as 10.50%
Gasoline Tax: 46.6 cents/gallon
Cigarette Tax: 87 cents/pack of 20 http://taxes.about.com/od/statetaxes/a/California-tax-profile.htm