Taxing Wages 2011

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Taxing Wages provides unique information on income tax paid by workers and on social security contributions levied upon employees and their employers in OECD countries. In addition, this annual publication specificies family benefits paid as cash transfers. Amounts of taxes and benefits are detailed programme by programme, for eight household types which differ by income level and household composition. Results reported include the marginal and effective tax burden for one- and two-earner families and total labour costs of employers.

These data on tax burdens and cash benefits are widely used in academic research and in the preparation and evaluation of social and economic policy making.

Taxing Wages 2011 includes a special feature entitled "Trends in personal income tax and social security contribution schedules".

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Historical series under the old definition of average worker, 1979-2004

The tables contained in this annex reproduce data published in Taxing Wages 2003-2004, for the convenience of the reader as the main body of this Report only presents data for 2000-08. However, any user of the data should be aware of its limitations. First, it is based on the previous definition of the wage – the average production worker (APW) wage. Second, there were changes in the reporting practices of some countries over the period 1979-2004 and so the times series cannot be regarded as completely consistent. The most important breaks in the series for recent years are the following:


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