My current effective income tax rate in Ontario is approx. 20% and that's just after one year of employment. By comparison the fourth 20% in the US has an effective rate of 17.4% on all federal taxes.
What's worse is that I've to pay a 14% sales tax on most items. Let's say I start with a pre-tax income of $2000 a month. The federal tax takes away $400. Then, since not all products have the sales tax applied, let's say the effective sales tax is 10%.
I go from $1600 to $1440. Thus, my overall combined tax rate on all income comes out to 28%. That is so not cool.