Global Taxes as a Percentage of GDP

Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 02:30 PM

Interesting graphic article today discussing tax rates in many developed countries, from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The general takeaway of the report is that taxes have increased globally -- they now amount to 36% of Gross Domestic Product of the world's developed nations.

While we hear lots of noise as to the tax burdens in the U.S., let's see how we compare to the rest of the world:

Look at how over-taxed we are in the United States:


So either the entire planet is vastly over taxed -- or we here in USA, speaking relatively, aren't shouldering such a bad tax burden after all . . .


OECD countries’ tax burdens back up to 2000 historic highs

Table A. Total tax revenue as percentage of GDP

Table B. Taxes on General Consumption as percentage of GDP

Table C. Tax structures in the OECD-area

Taxes in Developed Nations Reach 36% of Gross Domestic Product
NYT, October 18, 2007

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According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in the United States the tax burden is 25.6% of G.D.P. This ranks 17th among developed countries. The global average for the group is 36%. Competing outlooks on the price... [Read More]

Tracked on Oct 19, 2007 2:07:03 PM


I don't give a rip about tax rates as a percentage of GDP...

What I care about is effective tax rates by income level.

Let's see that chart.

Posted by: Pool Shark | Oct 18, 2007 2:37:58 PM

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