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.
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Last update: September 2017