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The United Kingdom has the 9th lowest tax wedge among the 34 OECD member countries. The average single worker in the United Kingdom faced a tax wedge of 31.1% in 2014 compared with the OECD average of 36.0%.
The OECD has been a successful international standard-setter for over 50 years, and we have developed a wealth of experience and best practice in achieving international cooperation and coordination. But to bring international law into the 21st century we need a global dialogue, a multi-stakeholder debate on the way forward.
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The tax burden in the United Kingdom declined by 0.1 percentage points from 33.0% to 32.9% in 2013. The OECD average was an increase of 0.4 percentage points from 33.7% to 34.1%. The standard VAT rate for the United Kingdom is 20%, which is above the OECD average. The average VAT/GST standard rate in the OECD was 19.1% on 1 January 2014.
Despite significant increases in spending on child care and education during the last decade, PISA scores suggest that educational performance remains static, uneven and strongly related to parents’ income and background.
Furthering efforts to fight against international tax evasion and bank secrecy, members of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes have issued 12 new peer review reports.
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Agreement between The United Kingdom and Dominica for the exchange of information relating to tax matters
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Agreement between The United Kingdom and Grenada for the exchange of information relating to tax matters
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Agreement between the United Kingdom and San Marino for the exchange of information relating to tax matters
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Agreement between The United Kingdom and Antigua & Barbuda for the exchange of information relating to tax matters
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Agreement between The United Kingdom and Saint Lucia for the exchange of information relating to tax matters