My wife and I are seriously considering moving to Germany I'm looking for a realistic view of typical German tax rates. I'm looking for any tax that will reduce my take home pay or cost me more when I shop. For instance, I know the VAT in Germany is high compared to US sales tax. My wife's family has also mentioned that their TV and garbage taxes are high. Obviously, my wife's relatives would ideally be great sources of information, but talking about taxes at length with them is futile - they're practically socialists and conversations quickly turn to them summarizing all the great government benefits and justifying taxes. I don't care to hear about government benefits, I just want the bottom line.
Here are things as they stand in the greater Chicago, IL area:
Marginal federal income tax rate: 25%
State income tax rate: 5%
FICA (SS, Medicare, etc): 7.65%
Total marginal tax rate on income: 37.65%
Sales tax: 6.75%
Property taxes: $200/month (What equates to a city or local tax)
Gas taxes: marginal ($0.30/gallon, I believe)
Car registration: $90/year
Typical utility bill (I realize this isn't a tax, but I know energy is heavily taxes in the EU):
(These are year round averages for our 1600 sq ft town home).
I'm trying to figure out if my wife and I could afford a similar standard of living to what we have now if we were to move to Germany. Any information anyone can provide would be highly appreciated. If there's any taxes you think I missed here in the US, please add those as well though I think I've covered the major ones.
Thanks for all your help!