America has a city, state, and federal tax system. Tax is deducted from employees pay directly depending on your job and rate of pay. The http://www.irs.gov/ is responsible for monitoring taxes and performs audits to assure that tax returns are being appropriately paid.
Some of this tax may be rebated, or more tax may be required, in an annual accounting done by the citizens with a due date of April 15th. Large firms like http://www.hrblock.com/ and www.turbotax.com can help citizens fill out forms on-line or in-person to determine how much taxes are owed or to be refunded. If you do not have stocks, pension plans, or other investments filing your own tax return is fairly simple and it is cheapest to complete by yourself on-line. If your return is more complicated, hiring an accountant or tax specialist to go through the paper work may end up saving you money.
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Foreigners are also taxed as anyone else living in the United States if they are a permanent resident, have a green card, or if they live in the United States on average at least 122 days over 3 years. Most countries have formed a partnership with the United States to insure that their ex-patriots are not doubly taxed, but check with your own country to confirm that your taxes are paid appropriately.
For more information on taxes as a non-resident
For 2007, the Federal tax brackets for a single (unmarried) person were:
This applies only to amounts above $8,750 (standard deduction of $5,350 plus the one personal exemption of $3,400) for an individual. For example, a single individual would actually pay 0% on the first $8,750 of income, 10% on the amount of income between $8,751 and $16,575, 15% on the amount of income between $16,576 and $40,600, 25% on the amount of income between $40,601 and $85,850, and so on.
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Local government is funded by local taxes such as property taxes. Additional taxes like sales tax and use taxes are also used. Illinois, like most US states, imposes a "sin taxes" which allows products like cigarettes and alcohol to be taxed higher then other products.
State Income Tax: Currently there are no state income tax brackets for Illinois. Instead, IL state tax will be 3% of federal income tax liability.
Local income tax rate: flat 3 percent of a taxpayer's federal adjusted gross income
Local sales tax rate: 10.25%
Cook County Treasurer's Office
118 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60602
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