Tax policy analysis

Revenue Statistics country note for Belgium

 

Tax to GDP ratios

Belgium is in the upper rank of OECD countries in order of tax to GDP ratio at 44.1% in 2011 and 45.3% in 2012. The 2011 figure was significantly above the OECD average of 34.1% and Belgium’s tax to GDP ratio has been higher than the OECD average in every year since 2000.

Tax structures

The main observations for Belgium are:

  • Revenue from personal and corporate income taxes declined between 2000 and 2012 from 17.2% to 15.7 per cent of GDP but was well above the OECD average of 11.4% in 2011.
  • Revenue from Social security contributions has been stable and in 2011 was 14.2% of GDP, also well above the OECD average of 9.1%.
  • Taxes on goods and services were also very stable over the period and at 10.9% of GDP in 2011, very similar to the OECD average of 11.0%.
  • Property tax revenues were 3.2% of GDP in 2010, about 60% above the OECD average.

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