Tax to GDP ratios
Australia is in the lower half of OECD countries ranked in order of tax to GDP ratio at 25.6% in 2010 and 26.5% in 2011. The ratio was 30.4% in 2000 and remained fairly stable to be 29.7% in 2007 before declining. The 2011 figure was lower than the OECD average of 34.1% and Australia’s tax to gdp ratio has been lower than the OECD average in every year since 2000.
The main observations for Australia are:
- Revenue from personal and corporate income taxes declined between 2000 and 2011 from 17.6% to 15.7% as percentage of GDP but remained higher than the OECD average of 11.4%.
- There are no Social security contributions in Australia, though revenue from payroll taxes was 1.4% of GDP in 2011.
- Taxes on goods and services declined from 8.7% to 7.2% of GDP over the period and were lower than the OECD average of 11.0% of GDP in 2011.
- Property tax revenues were 2.3% of GDP in 2010, almost one third higher than the OECD average.
- Australia has not provided data for 2012.
- OECD averages are not available for 2012 as 4 OECD countries have not provided data for that year.
- More comparative information about OECD member countries is contained in the tables linked within the following webpages:
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