All the talk about how much people pay in taxes at all levels got me thinking about how much I pay myself. I sat down with my 2007 tax return, a bunch of bills, and a little bit of web research and came up with the following. Gross income $64,831.91 FICA $4,019.58 Medicare $940.06 Fed Taxes paid $8,818.00 State tax $3,174.00 City tax $1,784.00 total pay taxes $18,735.64 Estimated property taxes $850.00 Estimated gas taxes $250.00 Car registration $65.00 Alcohol taxes $187.36 Cell Phone taxes $72.96 Electric Bill fees $94.80 Cable bill fees $73.80 Tolls (commuting) $1,300.00 Sales taxes $800.00 Mass transit $500.00 Travel taxes $92.80 Total other taxes/fees $4,286.72 Total taxes/fees $23,022.36 % Income to the government: 35.4% For the State and Local: I live in NYC. I rented that year, so i estimated my part of the landords's property taxes based on my share of the rent in a 3 unit building, using NYC property tax assesment. Car registration is the 2 year fee divided by 2. Alcohol taxes is based on about 15 drinks a week, beer only (could be higher for booze). utility/cable based on actual bills (2011 so slightly lower in 2007). Tolls from my daily bridge crossing. Sales taxes based on my remaining funds, minus a food estimate. Mass transit only for weekends/recreation. Travel taxes based on my 2007 trip to New Orleans. I know these are not just taxes, but fees for service in some cases, but I wanted a basic estimate of how much we give to the government in a year.