Revenues from consumption taxes including VAT and excise duties were up for the EU-28 as a percentage of GDP in 2015, a study published today by the European Commission has found.
However, the share of consumption taxes of total revenue rose only slightly to 28.7% compared to 28.5% in 2014. The findings are in the 2017 edition of the Taxation Trends report which takes stock of tax systems in the EU, Iceland and Norway with extensive and comparable data on the different tax structures and rates of Member States.
For instance, the report also shows that the average top level of corporate tax fell from 22.5% to 21.9% from 2016-2017. It also provides an analysis on the medium- to long-term evolution of these trends.
Taxation is a top priority for the Juncker Commission and providing quality data is a must if we want to develop robust and effective tax policies for the future. This report, published annually, offers a breakdown of comparative tax levels in the EU and of tax revenues raised from consumption, labour and capital. It also contains data on energy, environmental and property taxation and on the top rates for personal and corporate income taxes.
- Publication date
- 11 July 2017
- Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union