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Americans spend more on taxes than food and clothing combined

According to data released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), from 2013 to 2016, the average tax bill for Americans reportedly increased 41.13 percent. Therefore, Americans on average spent more on taxes in 2016 than they did on food and clothing combined.

Based on the BLS, “consumer units” (which include families, financially independent individuals, and people living in a single household who share expenses) spent more on average on federal, state and local taxes ($10,489) than they did on food ($7,203) and clothing ($1,803) combined ($9,006).