It is easy to find information on the average amount Americans pay in Federal taxes. It is little more difficult to find out state and local taxes. But we also have a plethora of other taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, and so on. We pay taxes to register our vehicles on the gas to fuel them. We pay taxes on our phone bills and other utilities.
Many localities have special taxes on hotels, restaurants, and car rentals. The concept being those taxes are more apt to be paid by visitors instead of residents that elect the officials that impose the tax.
New taxes seem to be invented every few years. As electric vehicles become more prevalent and they no longer pay gas taxes, several states want to impose a mileage tax on all vehicles.
Those of us that rent pay the property taxes on the units, but indirectly. We pay rent to the property owner, but the actual tax money comes out of our rent.
When you tax businesses, the cost of the tax is past on to the consumers. in most cases a business that has a 30% profit margin get a 5% tax increase, they seldom keep the prices the same and accept a lower profit margin, they raise their prices to keep the same profit margin.
I have heard that in the last 50 year the tax burden has approximately doubled.
However I cannot find any actual statistics on how high the tax burden is and on how much it has increased. Are there any reliable and relatively complete data set available?