There are many Americans living in Trailer Parks in utter poverty, There are the ghetto and projects where mostly the poor blacks live, they live off of about 600 a month. Then the lower middle class that often live in neighborhoods with 900sf houses built in the 50s, etc, struggling to make it from week to week. The middle class live well. The rich live very well. Taxes? Mine is around 22%(federal,) 11% State tax,. Gasoline, in my area around $2.40 a gallon. Sales tax varies but usually 5-10%., personal property for me is around $3000 a year, my health care is only around $200 a month. There is also a capital gains tax for when you profit from investments like stocks, it is 15% on the profit
The biggest reason for high UK taxes is free health care. I will be undergoing a lung cancer treatment in 2 weeks that will cost over 40K. My insurance will cover about 60% of that and I will have to pay the rest, many cancer patients can expect to be billed in excess of 50K per year...it will take them many years to pay it off if they live
As for prison, its true there is no prison if you owe a company a bill, but, if you don't pay your income tax you are def going to prison
An example of a rather poor working class american is he goes to work is paid 7.25 hr for 40 hr week earns 290 gross, take out taxes of around 35% which includes SSA, Fed, State= 188.50. Can't afford a car, must take bus, lives either with parents or rents a room.