The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes published today new peer review reports for the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan and Morocco.
This report contains the 2014 “Phase 2: Implementation of the Standards in Practice” Global Forum review of Czech Republic.
The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes is the multilateral framework within which work in the area of tax transparency and exchange of information is carried out by over 120 jurisdictions which participate in the work of the Global Forum on an equal
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The Czech Republic has the 8th highest tax wedge among the 34 OECD member countries. The average single worker in the Czech Republic faced a tax wedge of 42.6% in 2014 compared with the OECD average of 36.0%.
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The tax burden in the Czech Republic increased by 0.3 percentage points from 33.8% to 34.1% in 2013. The corresponding figure for the OECD average was an increase of 0.4 percentage points from 33.7% to 34.1%. The Czech standard VAT rate is 21%, which is above the OECD average. The average VAT/GST rate in the OECD was 19.1% on 1 January 2014.
The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes has just completed peer reviews of 11 jurisdictions. This brings to 70 the number of peer review reports completed since March 2010.
This report summarises the legal and regulatory framework for transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes in Czech Republic.
The Czech fiscal position is generally sound and policy making is prudent. However, the fiscal framework was not strong enough to contain spending in the upturn and it would benefit from independent budget oversight.
In 2008, the Czech government implemented a major overhaul of the personal income tax (PIT), replacing the previous progressive rate schedule with a single 15% rate levied on an enlarged base.