This database provides information on environmentally related taxes, fees and charges, tradable permit systems, deposit refund systems, environmentally motivated subsidies and voluntary approaches used in environmental policy in OECD member countries and a number of other countries. Developed in co-operation between the OECD and the European Environment Agency.
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Korea has the 5th lowest tax wedge among the 34 OECD member countries. The average single worker in Korea faced a tax wedge of 21.5% in 2014 compared with the OECD average of 36.0%.
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The tax burden in Korea declined by 0.5 percentage points from 24.8% to 24.3% in 2013. The corresponding figure for the OECD average was an increase of 0.4 percentage points from 33.7% to 34.1%. The Korean standard VAT rate is 10%, which is well below the OECD average. The average VAT/GST standard rate in the OECD was 19.1% on 1 January 2014.