Here in the UK the amount of tax you pay depends on how much you earn..
Between £0 and £2,230 you pay 10% tax (see note below)
Between £2,231 and £34,600 you pay basic rate tax at 22%
Over £34,600 you pay the higher rate tax at 40%
(The government here has recently abolished the 10% tax band for lower income families, so they are now paying 22% instead.. The political backlash has been incredible and the government is now trying to 'fix' the situation as poorer families (the ones they are supposed to be helping) are now worse off than they were before..)
In addition to the taxes above we also 17.5% value added tax on practically all goods and services we buy
.. from a can of beans to the electricity we use to a new bike... and everything in between.. a few things are exempt, but not many
The tax on fuel is about 65%.. currently we pay just over £5 ($10) a gallon here, so if we took off the tax fuel would be about $3.50 a gallon
For those who smoke the tax on cigarettes is around the 80% mark.. currently about £4.50 to £5.50 ($9.50 to $11) for a pack of 20 depending on brand
And we pay duty (tax) on all alcohol purchases as well... a pint of beer costs on average £2.50 ($5) here, but that depend where you live as some places are more expensive than others..
In addition to these we also have inheritance tax, stamp duty (a tax on homes if you buy one), Vehicle Excise Duty or road tax (there are proposals afoot to double the road tax on bikes in the UK next year, I'm posting the link to the petition against it in every forum I'm a member of), hell we even have to pay a tax on our insurance premiums!!! and thats only naming a few things.........
Plus thats just the things we notice.... after all of the above there are the 'Stealth' taxes, things where the government has changed the lower brackets or 'simplified' things or altered stuff which means we end up paying more for something than we did before.. sneaky 'baskets'... Its enough to make you