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Argentines and Brazilians pay the most tax in Latam, says OECD

Tuesday, November 13th 2012 - 22:53 UTC
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Furious Argentines banging pots to protest corruption, insecurity and taxes Furious Argentines banging pots to protest corruption, insecurity and taxes

Argentines and Brazilians pay the most tax in Latin America while Venezuelans pay the least, according to a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), released on Tuesday.

Argentina and Brazil the region number three and one economies, were the only countries in the region to record a tax take of more than 30%, with 33.5% in Argentina and 32.4% in Brazil, according to the report.

Venezuela had the lowest tax take in Latin America at just 11.4% of national income, according to the report prepared by the OECD, Inter-American Centre of Tax Administrations and the Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean.

The report showed the ratio of average tax revenue to national income edged up slightly from 19% in 2009 to 19.4% in 2010 in the 15 Latin American countries covered by the report.

But that average pales in comparison to the average tax take in all OECD countries which is 33.8%.

Mexico, the second largest economy in the region and one of only two Latin American countries in the OECD, was confirmed as having the OECD's lowest tax with 18.8%.

The data highlights the challenge Mexico faces in reaching parity even with its counterparts in Latin America in terms of tax revenue, which credit rating agencies have identified as a brake on the country's ambitions for a higher credit rating.

Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico's president elect, has said tax reform will be a priority of his administration, which will take power on December first.

A senior tax expert with links to the federal government has said Mexico needs to raise its tax take by at least 6 percentage points of GDP to fund the PRI's spending plans.


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  • schnack2

    Argentina might have the highest tax rates, along with Brazil, in South America. But the Argentine people are notorious for scamming their gov't out of rightfully owed taxes. I suspect that the gov't of Argentina collects about 50% of what it should collect. It's all about taking care of yourself, and coming off looking smart and clever for stealing from the gov't. The Argies have a massive social breakdown that is complicated further by a social complex called the viveza criolla. They think it's funny to get away without paying their taxes. Sad, sad people. And I have family there, it's so sad to have to speak truthfully about my family's motherland. I want to be proud when speaking about them, but such is life.

    Nov 14th, 2012 - 06:00 pm 0
  • Nostrolldamus

    You don't have family here. You are a rat, and rats and humans don't intermix.

    That news should make your day, though.

    Nov 14th, 2012 - 10:34 pm 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    Hugo Chavez, Tea Party hero perhaps, with those levels of tax in Venezuela. Come on comrade, learn from your companeras =)

    Nov 14th, 2012 - 10:48 pm 0
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