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Subject: Re: Average Tax increases From Fiscal cliff Date: 1/2/2013 8:35 PM
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warrl,

While you are technically correct that there is a national tax on gasoline and diesel, it is nowhere near as high as most of the European countries and gasoline costs between 1/2 and 1/4 here of what it retails for in most "civilized" countries.

In many European countries, the general income tax rate is 40-50%. France has recently enacted a 75% top income tax rate. Those who do not work, do not pay tax but are supported by the state. I would think that the distribution of income is more center-balanced in many countries so that your proportions might be correct (just don't know these statistics). On the other hand, all countries except the US have an "out" that their citizens can choose to reside elsewhere and pay their local taxes instead of their national one.

Jeff
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