Who’s is the Mainstream Manifesto: Conservatives or Labour?
Adam Dawkins
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Just pointing out that comparing national income tax rates to the US is very misleading. There are four things at least you have to normalize for, you picked out only one:

  1. State taxes. Usually higher in the US than local taxes in Europe, but not always, as they vary widely from state to state.
  2. Property taxes. In general, European countries do not us property taxation as a major means of revenue generation. In the US, it is not unusual to see a jurisdiction tax 2% of a house’s appraised value each year.
  3. Sales taxes/VATs: VAT’s are generally higher than sales taxes in the US.
  4. Health insurance. Most (75%-ish) people in the US take their health insurance from their employers, and pay between 200 and 600 a month per family for it. In Europe, of course, health insurance is covered by the higher income taxation rates.

I’ve done these analyses in the past, and the average total tax burden in the US ends up being about the same as that at the lower end of the Eurozone nations, when you make the assumption that health insurance costs are considered a tax. And, if you happen to live in a high-tax zone (an individual who lives in upstate NY and commutes into NYC pays a high property tax rate, a high (for the US) sales tax rate, a state and city income tax) that person is probably dealing with a tax burden which is approximately at European averages.