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Tax-to-GDP ratio in Turkey decreased by 24.4% in 2018


Turkey’s Revenue Statistics 2019 – OECD

According to the Revenue Statistics report published by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the tax-to-GDP ratio in Turkey decreased by 0.5 percentage points from 24.9% in 2017 to 24.4% in 2018. The corresponding figure for the OECD average was a slight increase of 0.1 percentage point from 34.2% to 34.3% over the same period. The tax-to-GDP ratio in Turkey has increased from 23.6% in 2000 to 24.4% in 2018. Over the same period, the OECD average in 2018 was slightly above that in 2000 (34.3% compared with 33.8%). During that period the highest tax-to-GDP ratio in Turkey was 25.9% in 2011, with the lowest being 23.1% in 2007 and 2008.

Turkey ranked 32nd out of 36 OECD countries in terms of the tax-to-GDP ratio in 2018. In 2018, Turkey had a tax-to-GDP ratio of 24.4% compared with the OECD average of 34.3%. In 2017, Turkey was ranked 33rd out of the 36 OECD countries in terms of the tax-to-GDP ratio.

Relative to the OECD average, the tax structure in Turkey is characterized by:

  • Substantially higher revenues from goods & services taxes (excluding VAT/GST), and higher revenues from social security contributions.
  • Equal to the OECD average from value-added taxes
  • A lower proportion of revenues from taxes on personal income, profits & gains; taxes on corporate income & gains; and property taxes.
  • No revenues from payroll taxes.

Source: Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) / link: http://www.oecd.org/tax/tax-policy/revenue-statistics-turkey.pdf
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