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Taxes in United States of America

Below are the important types of taxes in United States of America

  • Income Tax: The federal government, 43 states and many local municipalities levy income taxes on personal and business revenue and interest income. In most cases, income tax brackets are progressive, meaning that the greater the income, the higher the rate of taxation.
  • Sales Tax: Sales tax is a state tax added to any item sold, except for certain food items. Sales tax may vary by city and county. There is no way to get a refund of sales tax.
  • Property Tax: Property tax, sometimes known as an ad valorem tax, is imposed on the value of real estate or other personal property. Property taxes are usually imposed by local governments and charged on a recurring basis.
  • Estate Tax, Gift Tax: Your estate is the property you leave behind when you die. If you leave behind more property than the standard limit, or want to give away property when you are alive, your heirs will have to pay heavy taxes for this, sometimes as much as 50% or more in order to receive that property. These are called estate taxes and gift taxes.
  • Excise Tax: Excise taxes are based on the quantity of an item and not on its value. For example, the federal government imposes an excise tax of 18.4 cents on every gallon of gas purchased, regardless of the price charged by the seller. States often add an additional excise tax on each gallon of fuel.
  • Sin Tax: Sin taxes are imposed on items like cigarettes and alcohol.
  • Luxury Tax: Luxury taxes are imposed on certain items, such as expensive cars or jewelry. Generally the range of rates in this section will be high.
  • Hotel Tax: Most hotels charge tax on top of their regular room rate. Some hotels also charge a luxury tax, occupancy tax, and city tax.