This article was originally published by Arsenio Toledo at Natual News.
Americans spent more on taxes in 2021 than on food, healthcare, education, and clothing combined. Overall, taxes accounted for about 25 percent of average consumer spending. This was according to consumer spending data from the Department of Labor‘s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The BLS report on 2021 consumer expenditures was released on Thursday, Sept. 8. It found that taxes are creating an undue burden on the majority of Americans who are already experiencing financial hardships due to President Joe Biden and his administration’s inability to deal with inflation. (Related: Biden is still spending TRILLIONS of taxpayer dollars that were set aside for the COVID-19 stimulus.)
“Average annual expenditures for all consumer units in 2021 were $66,928, a 9.1 percent increase from 2020,” the report stated.
The BLS measures spending per “consumer unit,” which the agency described as either members of the same household who are related by blood, marriage, adoption or other legal arrangements; people living alone, sharing a household with others or living permanently in a private home, lodging house, hotel or motel but who are financially independent; or two or more people living together in the same household who pool their income together to make joint spending decisions.
On average, each consumer unit paid $16,729.73 in taxes in 2021. This included $8,561.46 in federal income tax, $2,564.14 in state and local income taxes, $5,565.45 in Social Security deductions, $2,475.18 in property taxes, and $105.21 in other taxes. Some of these costs were offset by an average stimulus payment of $2,541.71.
By contrast, the mean total for spending per consumer unit on food, healthcare, clothing, and education was $16,721.42. This includes $8,289.28 on food, $5,451.61 on healthcare, $1,754.39 on clothing and $1,226.14 on education.
Consumer spending up in many categories compared to 2020
Spending on entertainment was up nearly 23 percent over 2020 and up 15.5 percent from 2019. Spending on apparel and services rose by 22.3 percent compared to 2020. Average annual income taxes also increased by 3.7 percent in 2021 compared to the previous year.
Alcohol spending per consumer unit was $553.77 in 2021, up 15.9 percent over 2020 levels. The BLS report showed that most of this additional spending was driven by people purchasing and drinking alcoholic beverages outside of their homes – suggesting that more people took advantage of relaxed lockdown regulations to hang out and drink with friends in social settings like bars and restaurants. In fact, the BLS report showed that “alcohol at home” spending was down 7.9 percent compared to 2020.
Housing still accounted for the highest share of annual expenditures at 33.8 percent, or $22,623.55. This was followed by transportation at 16.4 percent ($10,961.18), food at 12.4 percent, and personal insurance and pensions spending at 11.8 percent of household expenditures.
Meanwhile, personal incomes only rose by between three to four percent for the top three income groups and just 0.6 percent for the second lowest income group. The average incomes of the lowest income group even decreased by 0.4 percent.
The bottom line of the BLS report is that the average American consumer unit was unable to keep up with the surge in the cost of living, especially with inflation at a 40-year high. The situation is made worse for Americans due to exceptionally high taxation.
Learn more about how Americans are dealing with the inflation surge at Inflation.news.
Watch this clip from Fox Business as a market expert talks about how American inflation is still “insanely high.”