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11. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

Don't you just love our government with taxes on everything...one litre of diesel is over 1 euro!

It's almost a pound a litre here - that's like 1.60 euros!!!

We don't pay as much income tax as you guys though - your basic rate is about 40% isn't it?

12. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Almost 50% for unmarrieds, here in Germany Mickeyboab.
And still the government is always whinging, that there is no money in Germany. I dont even see what they spend it on. Despite the high taxes, the police, fire folks, ambulance services etc never have enough to function well(at least as well, as I think they should), which they say they could, if they had "enough" money............................... Not enough money seems to be the excuse, for all shoody public services here.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 4, 2007, at 2:14 AM by Mel. ]

13. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting mikeyBoab

Quoting Utrecht

Don't you just love our government with taxes on everything...one litre of diesel is over 1 euro!

It's almost a pound a litre here - that's like 1.60 euros!!!

We don't pay as much income tax as you guys though - your basic rate is about 40% isn't it?

For diesel? Do you pay more taxes for owning a diesel car as well, compared to regular petrol?

There are different tax 'zones', I think 3 or 4: 32,5%, 37,5%, 40 and 50. Might be 35, 40 and 50 or so. First part of income is 35, above it that part would be 40 etc etc. People with parts of their income in the 50% range have a pretty good job.

14. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting mikeyBoab

Quoting Utrecht

Don't you just love our government with taxes on everything...one litre of diesel is over 1 euro!

It's almost a pound a litre here - that's like 1.60 euros!!!

We don't pay as much income tax as you guys though - your basic rate is about 40% isn't it?

For diesel? Do you pay more taxes for owning a diesel car as well, compared to regular petrol?

There are different tax 'zones', I think 3 or 4: 32,5%, 37,5%, 40 and 50. Might be 35, 40 and 50 or so. First part of income is 35, above it that part would be 40 etc etc. People with parts of their income in the 50% range have a pretty good job.

Diesel and petrol cost about the same now. I own a petrol car myself; apparently diesel goes further though . . . if that is the case then it woun't be long until diesel is more expensive.

The income tax system here is similar but it starts at about 20%, the maximum is 40% for those with high-paying jobs. It's the same as you guys - you only pay the higher percentage on the higher part of your income. A friend of mine was working as a secretary in Haarlem. She told me she pays about 40% of income in tax - as a secretary!?! 40% would be paid here by the boss's boss.

15. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting mikeyBoab

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting mikeyBoab

Quoting Utrecht

Don't you just love our government with taxes on everything...one litre of diesel is over 1 euro!

It's almost a pound a litre here - that's like 1.60 euros!!!

We don't pay as much income tax as you guys though - your basic rate is about 40% isn't it?

For diesel? Do you pay more taxes for owning a diesel car as well, compared to regular petrol?

There are different tax 'zones', I think 3 or 4: 32,5%, 37,5%, 40 and 50. Might be 35, 40 and 50 or so. First part of income is 35, above it that part would be 40 etc etc. People with parts of their income in the 50% range have a pretty good job.

Diesel and petrol cost about the same now. I own a petrol car myself; apparently diesel goes further though . . . if that is the case then it woun't be long until diesel is more expensive.

The income tax system here is similar but it starts at about 20%, the maximum is 40% for those with high-paying jobs. It's the same as you guys - you only pay the higher percentage on the higher part of your income. A friend of mine was working as a secretary in Haarlem. She told me she pays about 40% of income in tax - as a secretary!?! 40% would be paid here by the boss's boss.

I am sure she did something more than being a secretary alone....;) No seriously, I would say it is possible if you are older and are a secretary of a VIP or something, but honestly I think she just meant 'about' 40%, which 35% is as well....;)

16. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting mikeyBoab

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting mikeyBoab

Quoting Utrecht

Don't you just love our government with taxes on everything...one litre of diesel is over 1 euro!

It's almost a pound a litre here - that's like 1.60 euros!!!

We don't pay as much income tax as you guys though - your basic rate is about 40% isn't it?

For diesel? Do you pay more taxes for owning a diesel car as well, compared to regular petrol?

There are different tax 'zones', I think 3 or 4: 32,5%, 37,5%, 40 and 50. Might be 35, 40 and 50 or so. First part of income is 35, above it that part would be 40 etc etc. People with parts of their income in the 50% range have a pretty good job.

Diesel and petrol cost about the same now. I own a petrol car myself; apparently diesel goes further though . . . if that is the case then it woun't be long until diesel is more expensive.

The income tax system here is similar but it starts at about 20%, the maximum is 40% for those with high-paying jobs. It's the same as you guys - you only pay the higher percentage on the higher part of your income. A friend of mine was working as a secretary in Haarlem. She told me she pays about 40% of income in tax - as a secretary!?! 40% would be paid here by the boss's boss.

I am sure she did something more than being a secretary alone....;) No seriously, I would say it is possible if you are older and are a secretary of a VIP or something, but honestly I think she just meant 'about' 40%, which 35% is as well....;)

Maybe she was just guessing. She wasn't old at all, I think she was in her mid-thirties.

Anyway, I pay about 25 - 30 percent depending on overtime

ANYHOO . . . back on topic . . . I haven't wasted any money recently. Unless you count a twenty a day smoking habit which is a complete waste of money but I'm on a carton of Marlboros that my mum brought me back from her recent trip to the States.

17. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Cigarettes cheaper in the states than in Scotland?
Here it's 4 euro for 20.
By the way....to stay off topic: isn't it cold, smoking outside...;)

18. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 9y

besides house stuff and bills, normally it would have been music, books, alcohol, bags, shoes , and loads of film for my camera

oh for the smokers a pack of 20 in peru is 4-6 soles ($1= 3 soles) or in bolivia it was 5 bolivianos (8 bolivianos = $1)......

19. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

Cigarettes cheaper in the states than in Scotland?

Oh yeah - about five pounds (8 euros) a packet here.

And it was Duty Free she bought me.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 5, 2007, at 1:05 AM by mikeyBoab ]

20. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 9y

Quoting mikeyBoab

Quoting Utrecht

Cigarettes cheaper in the states than in Scotland?

Oh yeah - about five pounds (8 euros) a packet here.

And it was Duty Free she bought me.

You must be on the cheap ones, M.lights are pushing the £6 mark!!!