Tax to GDP ratios
Canada is in the lower half of OECD countries ranked in order of tax to GDP ratio. The ratio declined from 34.9% in 2000 to 30.4% in 2011 and 30.7% in 2011. The 2011 figure was lower than the OECD average of 34.1%. In 1999, the ratio in Canada was above the OECD average but declined to move below it in 2000.
The main observations for Canada are:
- Revenue from personal and corporate income taxes declined between 2000 and 2012 from 17.5% to 14.5% of GDP but remained higher than the OECD average of 11.4% in 2011.
- The tax ratio for Social security contributions of 4.6% in 2011 was around above half the OECD average of 9.1%.
- Taxes on goods and services declined from 8.5% to 7.4% of GDP over the period and were lower than the OECD average of 11.0% of GDP in 2011.
- Property tax revenues were 3.3% of GDP in 2011, slightly less than double 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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