According to a report presented recently by Eurostat, Italy is in fifth place in Europe for the tax burden.
The tax burden in Italy reached 43.7% of GDP compared to an average of the 27 EU countries 39.8% and an average of the 16 countries of the euro by 40.4%. The tax burden in Italy has increased in 2007 compared to the previous year, rising from 42.1% to 43.3%, and also increased compared to 2000 when it was 41.8%.
Italy is behind Denmark, which has a tax burden of 48.7% of GDP, Sweden that a tax burden of 48.3%, Belgium (44%), Norway (43.6%), only countries to have a higher tax burden to the Italian one. As for the other large EU countries in Germany the tax burden in 2007 was 39.5% of GDP (-3.8% compared to Italy), in France the tax burden was 43.3% in UK was 36.3% (-7% compared to Italy). The European countries with the lowest tax burden in 2007 were Romania and Slovakia, with 29.4% (-13.9% compared to Italy), and Lithuania with 29.9%.
In particular, Italy is the first place to taxes on labor (44%, compared with an EU-27 average of 24.4% and 34.3% of the EU-16), is the third to last place for consumption taxes (17.1%, compared with an EU-27 average of 22.2% and 21.5% of the EU-16), in mid-table for taxes on capital (36.2%, compared with an EU-27 average of 28 , 7%, EU-16 29.8%).
With regard to income tax in Italy the income tax of individuals in 2007 reached 44.9%, compared with an EU-27 average of 39.1% and an average EU-16 42.1% . In Germany rose to 47.5%, France 45.8%, UK 40%.
The income tax of the company has achieved in Italy, in 2009, 31.4% (9.9% less than in 2000) against an EU-27 average of 23.5% and an average of the EU-16 25.9%. In Germany rose to 29.8% (-1.6% compared to Italy), in France reached 34.4% (+3% compared to Italy), the United Kingdom has reached 28% (- 3.4% compared to Italy).