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.

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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 economic comparisons. This annual publication gives a conceptual framework to define which government receipts should be regarded as taxes. It presents a unique set of detailed and internationally comparable tax data in a common format for all OECD countries from 1965 onwards.

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  • Foreword

    This annual publication provides information on tax levels and tax structures in OECD countries. It was prepared under the auspices of the Working Party on Tax Policy Analysis and Tax Statistics of the Committee on Fiscal Affairs and is published under the responsibility of the Secretary-General of the OECD.

  • Executive summary

    The tax burden continued to rise in OECD countries in 2014, increasing by 0.2 percentage points to an average of 34.4% of gross domestic product (GDP). This increase continues the recent upward trend as the OECD average tax burden has increased in every year since 2009 when the ratio was 32.7%. The 2014 figure is the highest ever recorded OECD average tax to GDP ratio since the OECD began measuring the tax burden in 1965. The tax burden is measured by taking the total tax revenues received as a percentage of GDP.

  • 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, 1965-2014

    This annual Report presents detailed internationally comparable data on tax revenues of OECD countries for all levels of government. The latest edition provides outturn (i.e. final) data on tax revenues in 1965-2014. In addition, provisional estimates of tax revenues in 2014 are included for almost all OECD countries.

  • Tax levels and tax structures, 1965-2014

    In all of the following tables the symbol (..) indicates not available/or not applicable. The main series in this volume cover the years 1965 to 2013. Figures referring to 1966-79, 1981-89, 1991-99, 2001-06 and 2010 have been omitted because of lack of space. A complete series is, however, available on line. Data for 1955 and 1960 (for nineteen OECD countries) are provided in part V of the 1998 edition of this Report.

  • Country tables, 1965-2013
  • Tax revenues by subsectors of general government

    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 twenty-one EU member states on behalf of the European Union.

  • The OECD classification of taxes and Interpretative Guide
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