Most people believe that Europeans pay far more in taxes than Americans. After all, their Socialist-Democracies and all-encompassing centralized governments are known for eating up huge chunks of personal and corporate income, unlike here in the U.S. where most taxing power is reserved for the states.
While so much has been made of the federal income tax, it's state and local taxes that eat up a greater percentage of our income. Think about it... gasoline tax, communications tax, property tax, sales tax, cigarette tax, liquor tax, hotel bed tax, toll roads, fuel surcharge tax, school district tax, special assessment tax, etc., etc., etc. I have no doubt that we pay more taxes than the average European and we get far less in return.
Our convoluted decentralized tax system has created such a mish mosh of interdependencies that it's nearly impossible to figure them all out. And at what cost? Here's an example of one.