Tax policy analysis

Revenue Statistics country note for Portugal

 

Tax to GDP ratios

The tax to GDP ratio in Portugal was below the OECD average for the whole of the period from 2000 to 2011. The ratio was 30.9% in 2000 and 30.3% in 2004 before it rose to 32.5% in 2008. It subsequently fell back to 30.7% in 2009 before rising to 32.5% in 2012. In 2011, it was 33.0%, when it was 1 percentage point below the OECD measure of 34.1%.

Tax structures

The main observations for Portugal are:

  • Revenue from personal and corporate income taxes was 9.2% of GDP in 2000 and 8.7% in 2012, when it was 2-3 percentage points below the OECD average of 11.4%.
  • The tax ratio for Social security contributions was 8.0% of GDP in 2000 and 9.3% in 2011, when it was just above the OECD average of 9.1%. 
  • The tax ratio for Taxes on goods and services was 12.2% of GDP in 2000 and 12.9% in 2011, when it was above the OECD average of 11.0%.
  • Property tax revenues were 1.0% of GDP in 2011, about 60% of the OECD average of 1.8%.

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