23/11/2016 - Tax burdens and revenue collection across the OECD countries are reaching levels not seen since before the global financial crisis. Nevertheless, the tax mix varies enormously across the advanced economies.
How do tax levels compare across countries? What factors are driving the wide variation in tax burdens seen worldwide? How is the tax mix changing in the OECD, and on a country-by-country basis?
Two new OECD reports to be published on Wednesday 30 November provide internationally comparable statistics and analysis designed to inform the tax policy debate:
Revenue Statistics 2016 provides annual data on government tax revenues, including the tax to GDP ratio, revenues collected by central, state and regional governments, and the relative importance of personal and corporate income tax, social security contributions and taxes on goods and services in the tax mix.
Consumption Tax Trends 2016 provides a biennial look at Value Added Tax/Goods and Services Tax (VAT/GST) and excise duties in OECD member countries. It provides cross-country comparative data about the tax base, rates and implementation rules as well as an updated estimate of the effect of VAT/GST exemptions, reduced rates and non-compliance on government revenues.
Both publications will be freely accessible to accredited journalists on the OECD’s password-protected web site from 11:00 a.m. CET.
For further information, or to request interviews, contact Lawrence Speer in the OECD Media Office (+33 1 4524 9700).
Requests for electronic advance copies of the publications, under embargo, should be sent by e-mail to Louise.Fietz@oecd.org. Journalists requesting an electronic version in advance of the release time agree to respect OECD embargo conditions.