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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tax Oppression Index: U.S. Is #12

A new study, Tax Burden and Individual Rights in the OECD: An International Comparison, ranks the U.S. 12th among 30 OECD countries in its "tax oppression index":

The tax oppression index is based on 18 representative criteria measuring fiscal attractiveness, public governance and financial privacy in the 30 member states of the OECD.

  1. Italy
  2. Turkey
  3. Poland
  4. Mexico
  5. Germany
  6. Netherlands
  7. Belgium
  8. Hungary
  9. France
  10. Greece
  11. United Kingdon
  12. United States

(Hat Tip: Cato Institute.)

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Should the fact that pretty much all of Europe ranks 'above' us lead me to believe that, in this case, being number one is not a good thing?

Posted by: oldirishpig | Jun 30, 2009 9:40:56 AM

Switzerland is the best on the list, at #30. Guess that's where a lot of money will be going. Canada was #27.

Posted by: Les Nessman | Jun 30, 2009 9:49:21 AM

Only 12? I'm sure we can do better...

Posted by: Tuck | Jun 30, 2009 10:01:26 AM

It's California's fault isn't it? (my home state) ;o/

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Jun 30, 2009 11:05:00 AM

In the movie ROLLING THUNDER, the William Devane character, a recently-released "guest" of the Hanoi Hilton, tells a neighbor of some of the tortures inflicted on him by the North Vietnamese. One in particular involved being suspended on a rope in a very uncomfortable position. The neighbor, aghast, asks him: "How did you stand it?" Devane says: "You have to learn to love the rope."

Think #12 is bad? Wait 'til the World's Greatest Community Organizer (aka "Il Dufe") gets through. My advice: Learn to love the rope.

Posted by: Bilwick1 | Jun 30, 2009 11:27:40 AM

The report lists the countries from most tax oppressive to least tax oppressive; these are the 12 WORST countries of the 30.

Posted by: Peggy | Jun 30, 2009 12:51:15 PM

Where's Canada??

Posted by: Canuckistan | Jun 30, 2009 1:36:22 PM

Sympathetic as I am to moving further away from #1, what conclusions can we draw from this?

Which countries are:

economic basketcases
economically stagnant
posperous
high-growth?

Thanks for the info.

Posted by: amos | Jun 30, 2009 1:59:35 PM

It's not just about taxation - there are many other factors involved.

"The tax oppression index is based on 18 representative criteria measuring fiscal attractiveness, public governance and financial privacy in the 30 member states of the OECD. Switzerland appears as the country with the lowest tax oppression – due to a relatively low tax burden and a more liberal institutional order, including its citizens’ right to veto legislation, political decentralization, and protection of financial privacy."

Posted by: gab | Jun 30, 2009 4:31:00 PM

Canada, the leftist horror next door, is # 27. Maybe the Conservative party in power (minority government) is doing something right?

Posted by: Brian H | Jun 30, 2009 10:01:51 PM

Poor Italy...

Posted by: bellero | Jul 1, 2009 3:31:12 AM

I suspect Italy's poor ranking may have something to do with the recent disclosure of every single tax return in the country on the Internet for a few hours.

Posted by: ohwilleke | Jul 1, 2009 5:14:57 PM

I'm not sure that author of this document knows Sweden that well.

Posted by: x | Jul 1, 2009 8:19:58 PM