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Slovenian Tax Burden below EU Average

Luxembourg, 29 April (STA) - Slovenia's tax revenues as a share of GDP dropped from 37.8% in 2010 to 37.2% in 2011, while in the EU the share rose from 38.3% to 38.8%. In the eurozone it went up from 39% to 39.5%, fresh data from Eurostat show.

Among the EU members with low shares of tax revenue in the GDP are mostly countries from Central and Eastern Europe, with the lowest share registered in Lithuania (26%), Bulgaria (27.2%) and Latvia (27.6%).

On the other hand, Denmark (47.7%), Sweden (44.3%) and Belgium (44.1%) have the highest tax burden.

Slovenia's 37.2% share is level with that of Luxembourg.

EU member states collect the most revenue from taxes on labour (about 50% of total revenue), taxes on consumption (about 30%) and on capital (about 20%).

In the eurozone, the taxes on labour increased from 37.4% in 2010 to 37.7% in 2011, and in the entire EU the share rose from 35.4% to 35.8%.

Slovenia saw a more mild increase in this type of taxes, from 35% to 35.2%.

As regards taxes on consumption, Slovenia's tax rate was at 23%, which is 0.6 percentage points lower than in 2010. In the EU, the average tax rate was at 20.1% in 2011 (up 0.4 percentage points from 2010), and in the eurozone at 19.4% (up 0.1 point).

Slovenia's taxes on capital were meanwhile significantly lower than the EU average. In 2011 the tax rate was at 20.5%, which is 1.4 percentage points lower than in 2010, while in the eurozone, it stood at 28.9% (1.7 points higher than in 2010).

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