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Spain is ranked 13th among the 34 OECD member countries in decreasing order with a tax wedge for an average single worker at 40.7% in 2014, compared with the OECD average of 36.0%.
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The tax burden in Spain increased by 0.5 percentage points from 32.1% to 32.6% in 2013. The OECD average was an increase of 0.4 percentage points from 33.7% to 34.1%. The Spanish standard VAT rate is 21%, which is above the OECD average. The average VAT/GST standard rate in the OECD was 19.1% on 1 January 2014.
OECD countries acknowledge that taxes must play a role in the process of fiscal consolidation as they battle unprecedented budget deficits. In 2010, the majority of OECD governments have stabilised their tax to GDP, with the average ratio moving up slightly from 33.8% in 2009 to 33.9% in 2010.
Spain’s government has introduced ambitious consolidation measures, which should yield a sizeable improvement in discretionary fiscal efforts.
En España, la carga fiscal sobre las rentas salariales (impuesto sobre la renta y contribuciones salariales y patronales a la seguridad social) no ha cambiado prácticamente en términos de “brecha fiscal” en el período 2000-2009 (carga fiscal definida como la diferencia entre los costes laborales totales y la renta neta percibida por el asalariado: impuesto sobre la renta, más contribuciones a la seguridad social salariales y
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Ninety representatives from 24 partner countries and 9 international organizations participated in the International Tax Compact (ITC) workshop "Joining Forces to Mobilize Domestic Revenues for Development" from 25-26 January 2010 in Brussels.
Spain has joined 16 other countries that have signed the OECD / Council of Europe Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, marking a new step forward in international efforts to combat tax fraud and evasion.