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European Commission - EUROSTAT

Taxation in 2016 - The tax-to-GDP ratio slightly up in both the EU and the euro area - A one-to-two ratio across Member States

Brussels, 7 December 2017

The overall tax-to-GDP ratio, meaning the sum of taxes and net social contributions as a percentage of GDP, stood at 40.0% in the European Union (EU) in 2016, an increase compared with 2015 (39.7%). In the euro area, tax revenue accounted for 41.3% of GDP in 2016, slightly up from 41.2% in 2015. The tax-to-GDP ratio is therefore on the increase again in both zones after a slight decline recorded in the previous year. 

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