How much does the average American pay in taxes? It depends

The average American's taxes

The average American pays $10,489 in "personal taxes," representing 14% of the average household's total income. This includes federal and state income taxes, as well as other taxes such as personal property taxes, vehicle taxes, and certain other small taxes.

$8,367 of this amount is federal income taxes, $2,046 is state and local taxes, and $75 is other small taxes.

From: Matthew Frankel, The Motley Fool

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Income Tax Preparation

You can at times rely on free income tax preparation services or take advantage of tax preparation software features, but there are times when professional assistance is necessary to ensure that your income has been correctly reported and your tax obligations are well understood. Checks and Balances is a leader in income tax preparation in Chicago, IL for both individuals and businesses.

We are open for business not only in the few weeks preceding the deadline when most taxes are due...We are here to assist you at any time the year round. If you come to us for individual tax preparation, we will see to it that the most accurate return has been submitted and that you will receive the maximum possible refund.

We also provide the services of a tax planner that will help you to accurately reduce the taxable income which, in turn, will reduce your tax liability.  We assist in small business tax preparation, and we assist our clients and customers in dealing with any correspondence they receive from IRS or state agencies, including letters of inquiry about your return.

There is rarely any need to wait until the last minute to file your taxes. Last minute tax returns tend to be error prone and as such can sometimes prove to be expensive. If you owe on your taxes and are unable to pay the full amount due, we can assist you. We can in fact help you with your tax preparation activities throughout the course of the entire year. There is no need for you to struggle with the tax code and seemingly ambiguous instructions.

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