Totaling up federal, state, and local taxes puts total U.S. taxation in 2010 at 25 percent of GDP, 8.5 percentage points lower than the OECD average. Germany’s rate is more than 11 percentage points higher and Denmark, with the highest taxes, nearly doubles the U.S., at 48 percent.

CTJ doesn’t note that U.S. spending is much closer to OECD levels than taxes.


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