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Estonia's tax-to-GDP ratio was 34.7 in 2016, according to the OECD.
Estonia's tax-to-GDP ratio was 34.7 in 2016, according to the OECD.

Estonia had a tax-to-GDP ratio of 34.7 percent in 2016, slightly higher than the average ratio for member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), figurs available from the organization show.

Estonia's VAT burden was 14.9 percent, income tax burden 7.8 percent, social tax burden 11.6 percent and property tax burden 0.3 percent.

On aggregate, the average tax-to-GDP ratio for all OECD member states rose again in 2016, to 34.3 percent, up from 34 percent in 2015. On average, the OECD tax-to-GDP ratio is now higher than at any point since 1965, including prior peaks in 2000 and in 2007.

In 2016, the highest tax-to-GDP ratios were recorded in Denmark at 45.9 percent, France at 45.3 percent, and Belgium at 44.2 percent; the lowest, meanwhile, were recorded in Mexico at 17.2 percent, Chile at 20.4 percent, and Ireland at 23.0 percent. All but five countries — Canada, Estonia, Ireland, Luxembourg and Norway — have increased their tax-to-GDP ratio since 2009, the post-financial crisis low-point for tax revenues in the OECD.

In 2016, the largest increases in tax-to-GDP ratios were seen in Greece at 2.2 percent , and in the Netherlands at 1.5 percent. The largest decreases were seen in Austria and New Zealand at one percent each.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS



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