ha! 19% VAT - we pay 25%! and up to 63% income tax!!
Wow. You two have it much worse than I do.
Still, I'm going to complain about taxes anyways. I admit that I do benefit from some government services, but I don't believe it's worth 17% of my income (being relatively poor, I don't have to pay too much). Sales tax (similar to VAT) is only 7% where I live, but it's a stupid tax. Gasoline has its own taxes AND subsidies, so I have no idea how much it should actually cost.
I don't have a car and have few expenses, so I don't pay taxes other than income tax. This year, I plan to move, which means that I'll have to pay property tax.