Our family income looks good on paper. When you subtract our taxes: sales, property, state, federal, Social Security, and the taxes attached to utilities, we live on about half of what we make. It almost takes us down to the poverty level. The foundation on our house needs about $500 worth of work. The permits for that work are $2200. When I needed to replace my heater when my son was a week old I had to get a permit just to replace a heater. This is a tax.