Tax to GDP ratios
The tax to GDP ratio in Ireland declined from 30.9% in 2000 to 27.7% in 2002 and then rose to a peak of 31.6% by 2006. It subsequently declined to 27.6% in 2010 before rising to 28.3% in 2012. It was below the OECD average for the whole period and in 2011 it was fully 6 percentage points below the OECD measure of 34.1%.
The main observations for Ireland are:
- Revenue from personal and corporate income taxes fell from 13.1% of GDP in 2000 to 10.0% by 2010 but rose back to 12.1% in 2012. In 2011, it was 11.4%, the same as the OECD average.
- The tax ratio for Social security contributions rose from 4.2% of GDP in 2000 to 5.5% in 2009 and then fell back to 4.6% in 2011 when it was well below the OECD average of 9.1%.
- The tax ratio for Taxes on goods and services fell from 11.6% of GDP in 2000 to 9.6% in 2011 when it was below the OECD average of 11.0%.
- Property tax revenues were 1.9% of GDP in 2011, similar to the OECD average of 1.8%.
- 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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