Official data revealed this week shows that Americans spent more on taxes than on food and clothing combined last year, CNSNews.com reports.
In the same report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average amount Americans paid for taxes between 2013 and 2016 jumped by 41.13 percent.
The average tax cost for each American “consumer unit” rose to $10,489 in 2016 from $7,423 in 2013, the BLS report showed.
A consumer unit includes financially independent individuals, families and individuals living in a single household sharing expenses.
On average, each consumer unit paid $10,489 on federal, state and local taxes, which is higher than how much they spent on food ($7,203) and clothing ($1,803) combined.
The only expenditure that exceeded taxes last year was “housing,” which cost a consumer unit an average of $18,886 during the year.