Tax to GDP ratios
The tax to GDP ratio in New Zealand was 32.9% in 2000 moving up to 36.4% in 2005 before declining to 31.1% in 2009. It then recovered partially to 32.9% in 2012. It was below the OECD average at both the beginning and end of the period but above it between 2004 and 2006. The 2011 figure of 31.5% was 2-3 percentage points below the OECD measure of 34.1%.
The main observations for New Zealand are:
- Revenue from personal and corporate income taxes was 19.7% of GDP in 2000 and 16.9% in 2011 when it was well above the OECD average of 11.4%.
- There are no social security contributions in New Zealand.
- The tax ratio for Taxes on goods and services increased from 11.4% in 2000 to 12.5% in 2011 when it was above the OECD average of 11.0%.
- Property tax revenues were 2.1% of GDP in 2011, 10% above the OECD average of 1.9%.
- 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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