The UK is a relatively lightly taxed country – and it shows
The UK is much less lightly taxed than, say, Germany, the Netherlands and France.
As the OECD notes:
The OECD average tax-to-GDP ratio rose slightly in 2017, to 34.2%, compared to 34.0% in 2016. The OECD average is now higher than at any previous point, including its earlier peaks of 33.8% in 2000 and 33.6% in 2007.
OK. So, UK taxation?
Britain is on track this year for the highest tax burden since 1969-70, at 34.6 per cent, according to forecasts released by the Office for Budget Responsibility alongside last month’s budget.
Aren’t we, err, averagely taxed?
The questions are obvious. The first is whether our light taxation is worth it: we are getting dire services and poor social protection as a result.
Actually, if we’re paying about the same and getting worse shouldn’t we be having a vociferous work or two with the fuckwits doing the spending?
Even by the OECD slightly different definition we’re still mid-list.