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Hidden expenses of family life in US?

Old Mar 24th 2014, 2:54 pm
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Help me remember/realize what unexpectedly costs more in the US...so far I can think of property taxes, cell phone bills, broadband, cable...any others?
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School activities, College Board tests, university. Selling a house. Healthcare I suppose is expected.
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Old Mar 24th 2014, 2:59 pm
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Property taxes are highly variable. I pay less in property taxes in the US than I did for a house ¼ the size in the UK.
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Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
Property taxes are highly variable. I pay less in property taxes in the US than I did for a house ¼ the size in the UK.
Whereas our NJ house was well into 5 figures per year.
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Whereas our NJ house was well into 5 figures per year.
I didn't realize how high property taxes were here and that they go up 2% per year. Then again people coming from New York consider them low.
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Whereas our NJ house was well into 5 figures per year.
There are several reasons why we don't live in NJ, or anywhere in the greater NYC area. That is one of them.
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Originally Posted by Sally Redux View Post
I didn't realize how high property taxes were here and that they go up 2% per year. Then again people coming from New York consider them low.
California should have some of the lowest property taxes. I know my stepmother's property taxes are lower than mine up here in Washington.
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Originally Posted by AmerLisa View Post
California should have some of the lowest property taxes. I know my stepmother's property taxes are lower than mine up here in Washington.
I think they are unfair in California as people who bought a while back are paying peanuts (Prop 13).
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Originally Posted by AmerLisa View Post
California should have some of the lowest property taxes. I know my stepmother's property taxes are lower than mine up here in Washington.
I recall seeing several years ago that based on some notional "average income" that state taxes were invariably between 8% and 12% of income, and mostly tightly clustered in the middle of that range, where "state taxes" included state income tax, sales tax, property tax, vehicle tax, gas tax, tobacco and alcohol taxes, and what have you. In short, each state gets your money one way or another, you can move around and save a little depending on your personal preferences, expenditures, and lifestyle, but the state will get it's share of your money.
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I think they are unfair in California as people who bought a while back are paying peanuts (Prop 13).
Yes, good ole Prop 13.
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Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
I recall seeing several years ago that based on some notional "average income" that state taxes were invariably between 8% and 12% of income, and mostly tightly clustered in the middle of that range, where "state taxes" included state income tax, sales tax, property tax, vehicle tax, gas tax, tobacco and alcohol taxes, and what have you. In short, each state gets your money one way or another, you can move around and save a little depending on your personal preferences, expenditures, and lifestyle, but the state will get it's share of your money.
Probably true. I know people who think Oregon is the place to live because no sales tax. However they have state income tax, which if I'm not mistaken, levels the playing field.
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Oh and paying someone to do your taxes
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Originally Posted by Sally Redux View Post
Oh and paying someone to do your taxes
Yeah that's into 4 figures. Costs more than a year's council tax in the UK.
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Originally Posted by AmerLisa View Post
California should have some of the lowest property taxes. I know my stepmother's property taxes are lower than mine up here in Washington.
Low property taxes in California ?

I bought my property in 2001 and am paying over 12K a year!

With Prop 13 the person living next door to me, whose house is valued nearly the same as mine but which is 50 years old (go figure), is paying taxes based on 1975 rates.
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