Tax to GDP ratios
The tax to GDP ratio in the United Kingdom declined from 36.4% in 2000 to 34.4% in 2003 and then rose to reach 36.3% by 2006 before declining to 34.2% in 2009 and rising again to 35.2% in 2012. The measure has been the same as or just above the OECD average over the whole period. In 2011, the measure was 35.7%, 1.6 percentage points above the OECD figure of 34.1%.
The main observations for United Kingdom are:
- Revenue from personal and corporate income taxes was 14.2% of GDP in 2000 and 12.6% in 2012. The 2011 figure was 13.2%, above the OECD average of 11.4%.
- The tax ratio for Social security contributions was 6.2% of GDP in 2000 and 6.7% in 2011 when it was well below the OECD average of 9.1%.
- The tax ratio for Taxes on goods and services was 11.6% of GDP in both 2000 and 2011. The 2011 figure was just above the OECD average of 11.0%.
- Property tax revenues were 4.2% of GDP in 2011, more than double 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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