> > What is your income tax over there?
> It depends, the different tax laws are a mess.
> (The numbers below are not 100% accurate, but from the top of my head)
> In the UK, it's tiered. You pay nothing for some first amount, 20% for another
> amount, and if you make enough per year, 40% on anything remaining. If you're
> married every person has to pay their own part depending on their income. Like
> in the US, taxes are usually retained from your paycheck and you file a tax
> return to get money back.
We also pay about 8% National Insurance at the same time they take out the 20% income tax. Nominally, it's supposed to cover things like health and unemployment benefit, but it's all tax. On top of those taxes, there's a Council Tax, which is at a local-authority-set-level, based upon the value of your home.
(Plus import duties, taxes on petrol, having a car, additional taxes on alcohol and cigarettes...)