Percentage of one's (hard) earnings legally stolen by the government so it can be wasted on:
- Unwinnable wars
- Illegal immigrants
- Rebranding excersises
- Outrageous public sector pay rises
- 2012 Olympics
- Overseas Aid
- Gash kit
- Politicians' bar tabs
To quote Terry Pratchett: "Taxation is very much like dairy farming. The task is to extract the maximum amount of milk with the minimum amount of moo".
A huge industry exists to ensure that very rich people aren't even in the same field as you and me.