While the certainty of death and taxes is well-known, several U.S. cities might prefer the former to get to them before the latter.
(See the 10 U.S. cities with the highest tax burden below.)
Just ahead of the 2013 tax season, MarketWatch recently shared a wallet-stressing report that families in the America's largest cities will be shelling out "15 percent or more of their income" this year — and that's before federal taxes.
The report comes via the Office of Revenue Analysis of the Government of Washington, D.C. and crunches 2011 tax numbers from the largest cities of each state; the tax burden was analyzed from estimated property, sales, auto and income taxes.
While residents in some highly-burdened cities like Philadelphia and Chicago may dread the tax man the most, there's a sliver of good news that has emerged: After a meeting with President Obama Friday to discuss ongoing deals with the sequester, House Speaker John Boehner declared Americans will be spared higher taxes.