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This country note provides an environmental tax and carbon pricing profile for the United Kingdom. It shows environmentally related tax revenues, taxes on energy use and effective carbon rates.
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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The United Kingdom has the 9th lowest tax wedge among the 34 OECD member countries. The country occupied the same position in 2014. The average single worker in the United Kingdom faced a tax wedge of 30.8% in 2015, compared with the OECD average of 35.9%.
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The tax burden in the United Kingdom declined by 0.3 percentage points from 32.9% to 32.6% in 2014. The corresponding figures for the OECD average were an increase of 0.2 percentage points from 34.2% to 34.4%.
The OECD has been a successful international standard-setter for over 50 years, and we have developed a wealth of experience and best practice in achieving international cooperation and coordination. But to bring international law into the 21st century we need a global dialogue, a multi-stakeholder debate on the way forward.
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The VAT revenues in the United Kingdom accounted for 20.8% of total tax revenue in 2012, above the OECD average of 19.5%.
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.
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Agreement between The United Kingdom and Dominica for the exchange of information relating to tax matters
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Agreement between The United Kingdom and Grenada for the exchange of information relating to tax matters
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Agreement between the United Kingdom and San Marino for the exchange of information relating to tax matters