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Belgium had the highest tax wedge among the 35 OECD member countries in 2017. The country occupied the same position in 2016. The average single worker in Belgium faced a tax wedge of 53.7% in 2017 compared with the OECD average of 35.9%.
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The tax-to-GDP ratio in Belgium decreased by 0.6 percentage points, from 44.8% in 2015 to 44.2% in 2016. The corresponding figures for the OECD average were an increase of 0.3 percentage points from 34.0% to 34.3% over the same period.
These country specific notes provide figures and commentary from the Taxation and Skills publication that examines how tax policy can encourage skills development in OECD countries.
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This country note provides an environmental tax and carbon pricing profile for Belgium. It shows environmentally related tax revenues, taxes on energy use and effective carbon rates.
Furthering efforts to fight against international tax evasion and bank secrecy, members of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes have issued 12 new peer review reports.