Now, most polls show that people think they pay enough in taxes. But when they are asked if they want to raise taxes on someone else, such as "rich" people they typically answer YES. That's beyond hypocritical. That being said, what % of your income do you think is appropriate to pay in taxes at both the local and federal level. I would say we should pay a maximum of 20% of taxes. 15% would be more ideal. Anything beyond that is overdoing it. No reason people should be paying 40 and 50% of their incomes in taxes.