What Country Has The Highest Income Tax?

News about the number of people who hide their income to avoid paying taxes continues to flow from the excellent reporting of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. And it raises questions about what law-abiding citizens of the world pay.

If you think you pay too much income tax in the U.S., you might take a look around the world to find out what others pay. Data from the international Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) puts the U.S. down the list when it comes to the highest income tax. 

Out of the 34 countries that participate in the OECD, the U.S. ranks 24th in taxing someone with two children. European countries including Belgium, Germany, Italy and France tax their citizens at a higher rate. So do the Scandinavian countries and the countries with struggling economies like Greece, Italy and Spain.  Out of the Asian countries, Japan taxes slightly more than the U.S.  

Thinking about moving north to Canada? Canadians pay only slightly less income tax than U.S. citizens. 

Infographic: Which Countries Pay The Most Income Tax?  | Statista
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Barbara Nevins Taylor

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