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comparing tax in france with united states

FranceUnited StatesDifference in United States
Gross Income 34,897.53 EUR / 30,000.00 GBP 38,491.89 USD / 30,000.00 GBP - 0.00 GBP
Tax Due 6,368.67 EUR / 5,474.89 GBP 5,929.66 USD / 4,621.49 GBP - 853.40 GBP
Net Income 28,528.86 EUR / 24,525.11 GBP 32,562.23 USD / 25,378.51 GBP + 853.40 GBP
Overall Tax Rate 18.2 % 15.4 % - 2.80 %.

Figures based upon 1 EUR = 0.8596597 GBP.

Figures based upon 1 USD = 0.77938496 GBP.

In France, an income of 34,897.53 EUR / 30,000.00 GBP is more than the lowest average advertised salary of 14,400.00 EUR / 12,379.10 GBP and less than the country's average income of 45,000.00 EUR / 38,684.69 GBP.

In United States, an income of 38,491.89 USD / 30,000.00 GBP is more than the lowest average advertised salary of 24,694.00 USD / 19,246.13 GBP and less than the country's average income of 60,000.00 USD / 46,763.10 GBP.

Here are how much some common purchases cost in France vs United States:

FranceUnited StatesDifference in United States
Water Bottle (1.5L) 0.59 EUR / 0.51 GBP 1.75 USD / 1.36 GBP + 0.85 GBP
Milk Bottle (1L) 0.94 EUR / 0.81 GBP 0.82 USD / 0.64 GBP - 0.17 GBP
Pint of Beer 5.50 EUR / 4.73 GBP 4.00 USD / 3.12 GBP - 1.61 GBP
Bread (500g) 1.30 EUR / 1.12 GBP 2.58 USD / 2.01 GBP + 0.89 GBP
Chicken Breasts (1kg) 10.33 EUR / 8.88 GBP 8.48 USD / 6.61 GBP - 2.27 GBP
Petrol UK Gallon 6.54 EUR / 5.62 GBP 3.27 USD / 2.55 GBP - 3.08 GBP
Volkswagen Golf or Equivalent 20,000.00 EUR / 17,193.19 GBP 21,845.00 USD / 17,025.66 GBP - 167.53 GBP
Broadband Internet Monthly 27.70 EUR / 23.81 GBP 62.44 USD / 48.66 GBP + 24.85 GBP
Rent One Bedroom Apt. In City (Monthly) 655.51 EUR / 563.52 GBP 1,261.46 USD / 983.16 GBP + 419.64 GBP
Purchase One Bedroom Apt. In City 215,197.15 EUR / 184,996.32 GBP 89,561.15 USD / 69,802.61 GBP - 115,193.71 GBP

Part of Europe, France covers an area of 551,000 square kilometers.

France has a Gross Domestic Product (PPP) of 2,736.72 ($ Billion) from a population of 64,938,716.

A progressive tax system split into 5 bands, including a zero-rated band.

Household income is first split into the number of occupants and then each 'split' of the income is taxed according to the tax bands.

Income can be reduced by a 6.8% allowance for social contributions. There is also a deduction 10% for professional costs up to a 12,502 EUR maximum.

Up to 9,964 EUR - 0%.

Between 9,964 EUR and 27,519 EUR - 14%.

Between 27,519 EUR and 73,779 EUR - 30%.

Between 73,779 EUR and 156,224 EUR - 41%.

Above 156,224 EUR - 45%.

An additional contribution of 3 percent on incomes over 250,000 EUR is also applicable.

Social charges are 9.7 percent of salaried income.

Source: https://www.impots.gouv.fr/portail/international

Source: XE.com (Currency Conversion).

Source: SalaryExplorer.com (Averages from average salaries in major job categories).

Source: Numbeo.com (Cost of living).

Part of North America, United States covers an area of 9,144,930 square kilometers.

United States has a Gross Domestic Product (PPP) of 18,561.93 ($ Billion) from a population of 326,474,013.

A progressive tax system spread over 7 bands ranging from 0% to 37%.

2019 Tax bands are as follow:

Below 9700 USD - 10%

Between 9700 USD and 39475 USD - 12%.

Between 39475 USD and 84200 USD - 22%.

Between 84200 USD and 160725 USD - 24%.

Between 160725 USD and 204100 USD - 32%.

Between 204100 USD and 510300 USD - 35%.

Above 510300 USD - 37%.

The standard single person's deduction is 12,200 USD and the personal exemption is now 0 USD (2019). The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 reduced personal exemptions to zero for tax years 2018 through 2025.

The PEP provision (personal exemption phaseout) tapers the personal exemption when income is over 261,500 USD. 2% reduction for every 2,500 USD over the limit.

Social security tax is 6.2% on up to 132,900 USD of gross income (2019).

Medicare hospital insurance tax is 1.45% of all gross income - increased to 2.35% on income over 200,000 USD (single person).

Source: https://www.irs.gov/tax-professionals/tax-code-regulations-and-official-guidance.

Source: XE.com (Currency Conversion).

Source: SalaryExplorer.com (Averages from average salaries in major job categories).

Source: Numbeo.com (Cost of living).

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This calculator allows you to calculate income taxes and social contributions equivalent for France and United States and allow comparison between both. You can choose the preferred currency for the input amounts and displayed calculation. For example: If you choose GBP as your preferred currency, then the income entered will be converted to France's and United States's native currencies for the calculation so that correct income equivalent is used. The results will then be shown in the native currencies and GBP.

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