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.
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.
- 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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