Tax system and receipts

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The tax burden measures tax receipts (taxes and social insurance contributions) in relation to the GDP in nominal terms. It expresses the share of the GDP that the state receives in taxes to finance its expenditure. A considerable gap between the state burden and the tax burden characterises a Public Administration that uses debt to finance itself. After having increased in the 1990s, the Public Administration’s tax burden has stabilised at between 26% and 28% of the GDP since the start of the millennium.

Public administration tax receipts (GFS model), in CHF million
Tax receipts 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Public sector 169'049 172'774 175'009 180'735 182'949
Confederation 59'694 61'350 61'144 64'449 64'422
Cantons 42'038 42'744 43'814 44'721 45'966
Communes 25'513 26'159 26'897 27'637 28'163
Tax-to-GDP ratio 27.0 27.1 26.9 27.6 27.8
Source : Federal Finance Administration (FFA)
Last update: September 2017

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Overview of public administration receipts

Tax burden and taxes

Overview of the tax burden in the cantonal administrative centres and from direct federal taxes


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