Tax to GDP ratios
The tax to GDP ratio in Germany declined from 37.5% to 35.0% between 2000 and 2004 and then rose to 37.4% by 2009. It was higher than the OECD average over the whole period to 2012. In 2010 it fell back to 36.2% compared with the OECD average of 33.8% and recovered to 37.6% in 2012.
The main observations for Germany are:
- Revenue from personal and corporate income taxes declined from 11.3% in 2000 to 10.3% in 2010 and then rose to 11.4% in 2012. In 2011, it was 10.9% of GDP, below the OECD average of 11.4%.
- The tax ratio for Social security contributions was 14.6% in 2000 and 14.2% in 2011 and was well above the OECD average of 9.1% in 2011.
- Taxes on goods and services increased from 10.5% of GDP in 2000 to 10.8% in 2011 and were slightly below the OECD average of 11.0%.
- Property tax revenues were 0.9% of GDP in 2010, half the OECD average.
- OECD averages are not available for 2011 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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