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10 Everyday Taxes You Probably Don't Know You're Paying

Mandi Woodruff

As consumers, we think all day about the taxes levied on our groceries, salary, and online shopping carts.

But what about the hidden taxes you won't always find tacked on to the bottom of your receipts?

The American Institute of CPAs’ has rounded up a list of 10 common  taxes  you may not know you’re paying:


Medicare  Tax

The amount withheld by your employer from your paycheck that helps cover the cost of running the Medicare program, the federal system of health insurance for people over the age of 65.


Self-Employment  Tax

A Social Security and Medicare  tax  for individuals who work for themselves. It is similar to the Social Security and Medicare taxes  withheld from the pay of most wage earners.


Alternative Minimum  Tax

A mechanism created to ensure that individuals pay at least some minimum amount of federal income  tax , regardless of deductions, credits or exemptions.


Electricity or Natural Gas  Tax

A  tax  collected by energy suppliers based on consumption during the billing period.


Cable  Tax

Tax  imposed on cable television subscribers.


Landline Phone  Tax

Federal and state  tax  associated with use of a fixed phone line.


Cell Phone  Tax

Federal and state  tax  imposed on mobile telephone users.


State Gasoline  Tax

A  tax  on every gallon of gasoline sold.


Cigarette  Tax

Tax  on cigarette use.


State Alcohol  Tax

Tax  imposed on the purchase of beer, wine and spirits.

With tax codes in the U.S. set to undergo a major revamp in the new year, it's more crucial than ever to stay on top of your true tax burden. In some states, it's incredible to see how widely taxes on certain products vary. Just ask New Yorkers, who pay nearly three times as much as West Virginians for a pack of cigarettes.

Of the bunch, the self-employment tax is likely the most oft-forgotten among consumers –– and the the one most likely to sting come tax season.

At any rate, it's a good idea to stay on top of your personal tax burden throughout the year. The AICPA has debuted its own tax calculator, which is free, as are similar tools from the IRS, Turbotax and Bankrate.com.

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