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25 countries with highest tax rates!

Last updated on: November 30, 2011 08:17 IST

Image: Taxes are essential for economic and social development.

Over the last three years the world has experienced an extraordinary financial and economic upheaval.

The financial turmoil continues to reshape the economic landscape and to present difficult choices for governments in terms of public spending and fiscal policy.

Governments in economies of all sizes and at all stages of development are struggling with the tax policy choices available to them.

While taxes are essential for economic and social development, it is important that the taxes levied do not hinder the ability of companies to generate a sufficient and consistent return so that they can reinvest and grow their business.

Let us take a look at 25 countries, including India, and see how they rank when it comes to rate of tax, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.

NOTE: The total tax rate measures the burden of all the taxes that a company must pay in relation to its commercial profit. Thus all kinds of taxes that impose a cost on the firm are considered.

The overall ranking is a simple average of the percentile rankings of each of the sub-indicators.

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25 countries with highest tax rates!

Image: Mumbai, India.
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India

Total tax rate: 61.8 per cent

Profit tax: 24.6 per cent

Labour tax: 18.2 per cent

Other taxes: 19.0 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 156

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25 countries with highest tax rates!

Image: Shanghai, China.
Photographs: Courtesy, Wikipedia Commons

China

Total tax rate: 63.5 per cent

Profit tax: 6.0 per cent

Labour tax: 49.6 per cent

Other taxes: 7.9 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 161

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25 countries with highest tax rates!

Image: Islamabad, Pakistan.
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Pakistan

Total tax rate: 35.3 per cent

Profit tax: 17.9 per cent

Labour tax: 15.1 per cent

Other taxes: 2.3 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 72

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25 countries with highest tax rates!

Image: New York City, United States.
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The United States

Total tax rate: 46.7 per cent

Profit tax: 27.6 per cent

Labour tax: 10.0 per cent

Other taxes: 9.1 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 131

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25 countries with highest tax rates!

Image: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Democratic Republic of Congo

Total tax rate: 339.7 per cent

Profit tax: 58.9 per cent

Labour tax: 7.9 per cent

Other taxes: 272.9 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 183

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Image: Banjul, Gambia.
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Gambia

Total tax rate: 283.5 per cent

Profit tax: 6.1 per cent

Labour tax: 12.8 per cent

Other taxes:  264.6 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 182

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Image: Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Argentina

Total tax rate: 108.2 per cent

Profit tax: 2.8 per cent

Labour tax: 29.4 per cent

Other taxes: 76.0 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 180

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Image: Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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Sri Lanka

Total tax rate: 105.2 per cent

Profit tax: 26.7 per cent

Labour tax: 16.9 per cent

Other taxes: 61.6 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 179

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25 countries with highest tax rates!

Image: Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Photographs: Courtesy, Wikipedia Commons

Uzbekistan

Total tax rate: 97.5 per cent

Profit tax: 1.1 per cent

Labour tax: 28.2 per cent

Other taxes: 68.2 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 178

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Image: Asmara, Eritrea.
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Eritrea

Total tax rate: 84.5 per cent

Profit tax: 8.8 per cent

Labour tax: 0.0 per cent

Other taxes: 75.7 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 177

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25 countries with highest tax rates!

Image: Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
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Tajikistan

Total tax rate: 84.5 per cent

Profit tax: 0.0 per cent

Labour tax: 0.0 per cent

Other taxes: 56.0 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 176

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Image: Bogota, Colombia.
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Colombia

Total tax rate: 74.8 per cent

Profit tax: 18.9 per cent

Labour tax: 28.8 per cent

Other taxes: 27.1 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 174

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Image: Bishkek, Kyrgyztan.
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Kyrgyztan

Total tax rate: 69.0 per cent

Profit tax: 6.2 per cent

Labour tax: 19.5 per cent

Other taxes: 43.3 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 171

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25 countries with highest tax rates!

Image: Nouakchott, Mauritania.
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Mauritania

Total tax rate: 68.3 per cent

Profit tax: 0.0 per cent

Labour tax: 17.6 per cent

Other taxes: 50.7 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 169

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Image: Bras lia, Brazil.
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Brazil

Total tax rate: 67.1 per cent

Profit tax: 22.4 per cent

Labour tax: 40.9 per cent

Other taxes: 3.8 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 168

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Image: Managua, Nicaragua.
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Nicaragua

Total tax rate: 66.8 per cent

Profit tax: 24.5 per cent

Labour tax: 20.3 per cent

Other taxes: 22.0 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 167

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Image: NDjamena, Chad.
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Chad

Total tax rate: 65.4 per cent

Profit tax: 31.3 per cent

Labour tax: 28.4 per cent

Other taxes: 5.7 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 163

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Image: Majuro, Marshall Islands.
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Marshall Islands

Total tax rate: 64.9 per cent

Profit tax: 0.0 per cent

Labour tax: 11.8 per cent

Other taxes: 53.1 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 162

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Image: San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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Puerto Rico

Total tax rate: 63.1 per cent

Profit tax: 28.3 per cent

Labour tax: 14.4 per cent

Other taxes: 20.4 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 160

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Image: Tunis, Tunisia.
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Tunisia

Total tax rate: 62.9 per cent

Profit tax: 28.3 per cent

Labour tax: 14.4 per cent

Other taxes: 20.4 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 160

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Image: Palikir, Micronesia.
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Micronesia

Total tax rate: 58.7 per cent

Profit tax: 0.0 per cent

Labour tax: 6.8 per cent

Other taxes: 51.9 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 158

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Image: Tallinn, Estonia.
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Estonia

Total tax rate: 58.6 per cent

Profit tax: 8.0 per cent

Labour tax: 39.4 per cent

Other taxes: 11.2 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 157

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Image: Brussels, Belgium.
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Belgium

Total tax rate: 57.3 per cent

Profit tax: 5.2 per cent

Labour tax: 50.4 per cent

Other taxes: 1.7 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 156

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Image: Kiev, Ukraine.
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Ukraine

Total tax rate: 57.1 per cent

Profit tax: 12.2 per cent

Labour tax: 43.3 per cent

Other taxes: 1.6 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 155

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Image: San Jose, Costa Rica.
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Costa Rica

Total tax rate: 55.0 per cent

Profit tax: 18.9 per cent

Labour tax: 29.5 per cent

Other taxes: 6.6 per cent

Total tax rate rank: 154