The tax burden of workers in the EU: a summary

27 July 2017

First published in 2010, the 2017 Tax Burden study by the Institut économique Molinari measures the tax and social security burdens on individual employees earning typical salaries in each of the 28 Member States.


The three EU laggards on taxation are France, Belgium and Austria. With respective real tax rates of 57.41%, 56.74% and 54.28%, these citizens are the last in the EU to celebrate their “Tax Freedom Day”. Cyprus, Malta and Ireland are the first countries to celebrate “Tax Freedom Day” on 29 March, 19 April and 26 April, respectively.

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