List of countries by tax revenue as percentage of GDP

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This article lists countries by total tax revenue as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) for the listed countries. Three sources are used, one for each column. The tax percentage for each country listed in the sources has been added to the chart.

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OECD 2009
(some 2008).[2][3][4]
(2011 data)[5]
 Australia25.827.1 (2008)
 Bahamas, The18.7
 Bosnia and Herzegovina41.2
 Burkina Faso11.5
 Cape Verde23.0
 Congo, Republic of05.9
 Costa Rica21.0
 Côte d'Ivoire15.3
 Czech Republic36.334.834.4
 Dominican Republic12.0
 Congo, Democratic Republic of13.2
 El Salvador13.3
 Equatorial Guinea01.7
 European Union (unweighted average)35.7
 Hong Kong, China13.0
 Japan28.328.1 (2008)
 Korea, South26.825.6
 Macau, China20.1
 Federated States of Micronesia12.3
 Netherlands39.839.1 (2008)38.4
 New Zealand34.531.0
 OECD (unweighted average)34.8 (2008)
 Papua New Guinea24.5
 Poland33.834.3 (2008)32.4
 Portugal37.035.2 (2008)33.2
 Republic of China12.4
 Saint Lucia23.1
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines26.5
 São Tomé and Príncipe17.4
 Saudi Arabia05.3
 Sierra Leone10.5
 Solomon Islands24.7
 South Africa26.9
 Sri Lanka15.3
 Timor-Leste[7]see reference
 Trinidad and Tobago28.0
 United Arab Emirates01.4
 United Kingdom39.034.336.1
 United States (all levels)26.924.0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Index of Economic Freedom, Heritage Foundation. Note: Tax revenue as a percentage of GDP was obtained from the individual country pages, under the "Fiscal Freedom" section. These numbers change. Please update the numbers for individual countries in the list.
  2. ^ Total tax revenue as percentage of GDP. Table, 1965 to 2009 (it does not have each year). OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). Publication date: December 15, 2010. To view the .xls table you can use the free Excel Viewer. Most of the data is for 2009 and is provisional. 2008 data is shown for Australia, Japan, Netherlands, Poland and Portugal. The table is from the 2010 edition of the OECD book, Revenue Statistics. See the bottom of the page for links to editions for various years.
  3. ^ Taxation: Key Tables from OECD - OECD iLibrary. See "Total tax revenue" links (Web, PDF, XLS). This table covers the time period 2002 to 2009.
  4. ^ OECD. Statistics from A to Z - Beta version. See "Total tax revenue" links. Click the "Get real-time data" link to get a detailed 1965 to 2009 table with data for each year.
  5. ^ Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union and Eurostat (2013). Taxation trends in the European Union: Data for the EU Member States, Iceland and Norway (2013 ed.). Publications Office of the European Union. p. 172. doi:10.2778/30605. ISBN 978-92-79-28852-4. 
  6. ^ Data from World Heritage Foundation 2013: [1]. Heritage Foundation.
  7. ^ For info see the "fiscal freedom" section of this page: "Timor-Leste information on economic freedom. Facts, data, analysis, charts and more". By the Heritage Foundation. "Timor-Leste has low taxes. The top income and corporate tax rates are 10 percent. In the most recent year, overall tax revenue as a percentage of non-oil GDP was 133.9 percent, reflecting large tax revenues from petroleum projects in the Timor Sea."

Further reading[edit]

Some of these provide additional info for various countries.