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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2006-05-01T03:40:12+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=25&t=1774 2006-05-01T03:40:12+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1774&p=17807#p17807 <![CDATA[RE: 2006 Expense Drive]]>
My self employment tax alone is around 14%. Then Fed. 28-36% and whatever the hell Uncle Arnold charges for living in California.
Where as I know the UK has paid a premium for petrol for ages, I was paying 1.50- 1.75 a gal 4 years ago and I filled up my 17 MPG (on a good day) truck for 3.39 a gal. the other day! There are more wasted taxes in gas prices! Ohhhhhhhhhh well, gotta pay the price for livin in a great country!

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2006-03-29T10:38:39+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1774&p=17806#p17806 <![CDATA[RE: 2006 Expense Drive]]> "And BF, are you suggesting the US values musical ability over its citizens' health?"

No. Although I can see how it could read that way.

I was referring to differences in, eg, taxation systems and related matters. We in Europe (and specifically in the UK), seem to pay far more in taxes, not only on most goods (petrol?) but at source, ie, income tax and income-related National Insurance contributions (typically around 30% of gross income).

(I am ignoring things like those aspects of price difference which might be rooted in profit margins, but which - the apparent profit margins, that is - are also affected by regional and national tax systems.)

So, we pay more in taxes (including direct and indirect taxes on things like musical instruments) but pay less (but mostly nothing) for social and health services.

In the USA it seems to be the other way around - less taxes paid at source, and lower prices, but direct, personal expense for, eg, health services.
(Basic rate of income tax in the US is 15%; in the UK it is 20%, plus about 11% NI contribution.)

Accepting that the complexities of any national financial management structure cannot be even generally expressed as simply as in the above, I recognise that both systems have their advantages and disadvantages, most of which, will be determined by the familiarity factor, but would also depend, I suspect, on how wealthy is the person judging them.

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2006-03-14T14:26:39+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1774&p=17805#p17805 <![CDATA[RE: 2006 Expense Drive]]> Statistics: Posted by rookie — Tue Mar 14, 2006 2:26 pm


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2006-03-09T19:43:08+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1774&p=17804#p17804 <![CDATA[RE: 2006 Expense Drive]]>
"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

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2006-03-09T18:44:44+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1774&p=17803#p17803 <![CDATA[RE: 2006 Expense Drive]]>
Note to BF - Vanilla Ice is a dodgy rapper who had a row with Paul Daniels on a reality TV programme called the Farm. Apparently Daniels won, though I'm proud to say I didn't see it.

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2006-03-08T23:06:01+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1774&p=17802#p17802 <![CDATA[RE: 2006 Expense Drive]]>
I've never tasted it; is it made by Walls?

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2006-03-08T19:33:43+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1774&p=17801#p17801 <![CDATA[RE: 2006 Expense Drive]]> >over its citizens' health? In that case, how do you explain
>Vanilla Ice?

Come over to my office sometime and let me show you around. We're not doing any better on health than we are on music. And it's getting worse with the insurance companies running the whole show.



"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

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2006-03-08T15:58:15+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1774&p=17800#p17800 <![CDATA[RE: 2006 Expense Drive]]> "And BF, are you suggesting the US values musical ability over its citizens' health? In that case, how do you explain Vanilla Ice?"

TOO-SHAY :)

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2006-03-08T15:11:57+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1774&p=17799#p17799 <![CDATA[RE: 2006 Expense Drive]]> Statistics: Posted by maxx england — Wed Mar 08, 2006 3:11 pm


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2006-03-08T14:00:21+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1774&p=17798#p17798 <![CDATA[RE: 2006 Expense Drive]]> >About 18 months ago I ordered some harps from C2C and with
>shipping and duty, they worked out about the same as in the
>UK. I was happy to buy from C2C so it didn't matter, but I
>didn't save anything by doing that. The best was when a work
>colleague was in the US. I ordered and got them sent to his
>hotel and he brought them back. That was a deep saving.
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>And why do harps cost twice as much in the UK? Especially as
>they are made in Germany. And CDs? And …?

Dammit! I never thought of that! I'll be in Canada next month, so could doubtless have saved a bit of the $40 it cost me. Still saved a lot though - I ordered about 8 harps, from Huangs to Sp 20s, and other bits and bobs (that blues fakebook looks awesome). Best of all, it only took 5 days to arrive - see my Long Weekend reply in the Harp site for full effusive details!

I travel to Germany fairly often for business, but I've never even considered checking Hohner prices there. Could be interesting...

And BF, are you suggesting the US values musical ability over its citizens' health? In that case, how do you explain Vanilla Ice?

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