View Full Version : Belgium has highest average income tax of 30 OECD countries

30-03-06, 11:11
This is a very interesting article, comparing tax rates in the developed world.

Expatica : Belgium has highest family tax rate of 30 OECD states (http://www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=24&story_id=28866)

Out of 30 industrial lands examined by the OECD, Belgium was found to have the highest income rates for an average family.

A married, double income family with two children paid 48.2 percent in income tax last year, newspaper 'De Tijd' reported on Thursday.

The OECD calculated tax rates for eight types of families and found that Belgium had the highest rate of tax for four family types.

These families are: if you are single with no kids and have a low, average or high income, you pay the highest rate of tax across the 30 nations studied. An average
family with two working parents and two children also pays the highest rate.
The Belgian tax burden on an average family is 12.1 percent higher than the average of the 15 old EU member states and 15.8 percent above the average of the 30 OECD states studied.

And they still say that taxes have decreased in Belgium between 2000 and 2005 ! :eek:

Here is more info (http://www.la1.be/rtbf_2000/bin/view_something.cgi?type=article&id=0187148_article&menu=default&pub=be.la1.fr%2fhomepage) (in French) from Belgium's national TV channel.

It says that the average tax rate for a person living alone is 55%, compared to average of 42% in Europe and 37% in the OECD.