Tax to GDP ratios
The tax to GDP ratio in the United States is one of the lowest amongst OECD countries. It declined from 28.4% in 2000 to 24.5% in 2003 and then rose to reach 26.9% by 2006 before declining to 23.3% in 2009 and rising again to 24.3% in 2012. The measure has been well below the OECD average over the whole period. In 2011, the measure was 24.0%, 10 percentage points below the OECD figure of 34.1%.
The main observations for United States are:
- Revenue from personal and corporate income taxes was 14.3% of GDP in 2000 and 11.6% in 2012. The 2011 figure was 11.2%, just below the OECD average of 11.4%.
- The tax ratio for Social security contributions was 6.6% of GDP in 2000 and 5.5% in 2011 when it was well below the OECD average of 9.5%.
- The tax ratio for Taxes on goods and services was 4.6% of GDP in 2000 and 4.4% when it was well below the OECD average of 11.0%.
- Property tax revenues were 3.0% of GDP in 2010, more than 50% above 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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