How does UK tax revenue compare with other countries?

Tax in dollars per capitaWith all the controversy about tax avoidance and evasion I thought it would be interesting to see how the UK’s tax revenue compared with other countries. So I took a trip over to the OECD website, had a furtle about, found some data, downloaded it, and then did a couple of graphs. All figures are for 2013.

The graph above shows the tax revenue in dollars per capita. The UK is highlighted in blue. It shows that relative to other countries the per capita tax revenue is low.

The graph below shows tax revenue as a percentage of GDP. The UK is highlighted in blue. Again it shows that relative to other countries the tax revenue as a percentage of GDP is low.

Of course both of these grpahs would be significantly altered if the economies of the countries grow or contract significantly.  But they still give a good picture of the relative differences between countries.

Whether or not the relative low levels of tax revenue is due to a failure to tackle tax evasion is not clear. But what is clear, is that relatively speaking on these two measures, the UK is not a high tax country.

Tax as percentage of GDP

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