Revenue Statistics

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OECD’s annual statistical publication that presents a unique set of detailed and internationally comparable tax revenue data in a common format for all OECD countries from 1965 onwards.  It also provides a conceptual framework defining which government receipts should be regarded as taxes and classifies different types of taxes.  Comparable tables show revenue data by type of tax in US dollars, as a percentage of GDP, and, for the different types of taxes, as a share of total taxation.  Detailed country tables show information in national currency values. Each edition represents a “snapshot” of the data at the time of publication; any further country amendments to the data will be shown in the relevant publication dataset within the “Other Versions: Database” below. Please also refer to the metadata for additional information.

Revenue Statistics 2008

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Data on government sector receipts, and on taxes in particular, are basic inputs to most structural economic descriptions and economic analyses and are increasingly used in international comparisons. This annual publication presents a unique set of detailed and internationally comparable tax data in a common format for all OECD countries from 1965 onwards. It also gives a conceptual framework to define which government receipts should be regarded as taxes and to classify different types of taxes. This book includes StatLinks, URLs linking statistical tables via the internet to Excel® spreadsheets showing the underlying data. It also includes a special report on the Taxing Power of Sub-Central Governments.

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  • Introduction
    The purpose of this annual publication is to provide internationally comparative data on tax levels and tax structures in member countries of the OECD. The taxes imposed in each country are presented in a standardised framework based upon the OECD classification of taxes and its Interpretative guide as contained in Annex A to this Report.
  • Tax Revenue Trends, 1965-2007
    This annual Report seeks to present detailed internationally comparable data on the tax revenues of OECD countries for all strata of government. The present edition provides information on tax revenues in 1965-2006. In addition, revenue estimates for 2007 are included. For the purpose of this Report the term taxes’ is confined to compulsory, unrequited payments to general government. Taxes are unrequited in the sense that benefits provided by government to taxpayers are not normally in proportion to their payments. In the OECD classification, taxes are classified by the base of the tax: income and profits (heading 1000), payroll (heading 3000), property (heading 4000), consumption (heading 5000) and other taxes (heading 6000). Compulsory social security contributions paid to general government are treated as taxes, classified under heading 2000. Both the tax concept and the classification of taxes are set out in the Interpretative guide to the Revenue Statistics; see Annex A to this Report. 
  • Special Feature
    The Revenue Statistics includes tables that report tax revenues by level of government. These tables show the amount of tax revenues that state and local governments receive but do not indicate the power of these sub-central governments (SCGs) to set the rates and bases of these taxes: their taxing power. The purpose of this special feature is to provide information on the taxing power of sub-central governments in the majority of OECD countries. This builds upon the methodology presented in a special feature in the 1999 edition of Revenue Statistics, which presented data for 1995. It provides more recent information of these taxing powers and presents an analysis of how they have changed since 1995.
  • Tax Levels and Tax Structures,1965-2006
    In all of the following tables a dash (–) indicates zero, a blank space not available/or not applicable and (*) estimated. The main series in this volume covers years 1965 to 2006. Figures referring to 1966-1969, 1971-1974, 1976-1979, 1981-1984, 1986-1989, 1991-1994, 1996-1999 and 2001-2004 have been omitted because of lack of space. A complete series is, however, available on CD-ROM. Data for 1955 and 1960 (for nineteen OECD countries) are provided in part V of the 1998 edition of this Report.
  • Country Tables, 1965-2006
  • Tax Revenues by Sub-sectors of General Government 1975, 1985 and 2006
    The tax data presented in this part of the Report have been attributed to the sub-sectors of general government identified in section J of the Interpretative guide (see Annex A) and the attribution criteria used are those set out in that guide. The column "supranational" reports the customs duties collected by the fifteen EU member States on behalf of the European Union. 
  • Non-Tax Revenues and Grants
    Government current receipts, other than the proceeds of borrowing and repayments of previous government lending, comprise tax revenue, current non-tax revenue and grants. Up to the present page, this publication has provided data on tax revenue which for all countries provide the bulk of revenue. In this part summary information, on the basis of data collected by the International Monetary Fund, is provided on current non-tax revenue and grants in order to have a more complete view of the different ways in which OECD governments finance their expenditures. 
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