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Does Your State Have a Marriage Penalty?

A marriage penalty is when married couples filing jointly face a higher effective tax rate than they would if they filed as two single individuals with the same amount of combined income.

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Cigarette Taxes in Europe

Today, Ireland and the United Kingdom levy the highest excise duties on cigarettes in the European Union (EU), at €7.57 (US $8.93) and €6.57 ($7.75) per 20-cigarette pack, respectively. This compares to an EU average of €3.09 ($3.64). In contrast, Bulgaria (€1.76 or $2.07) and Hungary (€1.96 or $2.31) levy the lowest excise duties.

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What is the Real Value of $100 in Your State?

Adjusting incomes for price level can substantially change our perceptions of which states are truly rich or poor. Your dollar goes much further in states like Missouri or Ohio than in states like New York or California. What is the relative value of $100 in your state?

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Sales Tax Rates in Major Cities, Midyear 2019

Sales taxes are levied in over 11,000 jurisdictions across the United States. In many cases, these local sales taxes can have a profound impact on the total rate that consumers pay.

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