Well I just completed my first ever IRS tax return, having moved to San Diego, California last year.
My tax return in the UK takes me 15 minutes. Here I had to pay someone $150 to enter a set of numbers into a software package. I'm hoping YR2 to be much simpler as I am no longer a non resident alien, but then they want to tax me on any bean I get in the UK.
It is really expensive here. Half my salary goes in rent and the other goes in bills. I'm left with nothing, yet my salary is near double the UK.
Oh! and it has rained about twice this year. Blissful sunshine -- and not too hot. We have to pay a lot for the sun.