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Tax Rates Around the World 2017
(Note: Only the underlined countries are currently ready)
(Last partial update January 2, 2017)
1. In countries in which VAT is charged at a number of different rates, the rate in the table is the highest rate.
2. The rates in the Table do not include Local tax, if it exists.
3. Social security rates are the highest rates. Unlike income tax social security contributions are generally imposed on income up to a ceiling.
Tax and Business News 2017
Tax Updates Archive
- U.S February Job Report
The U.S. labor department reported on March 10, 2017 that 235,000 new jobs were added in February. The unemployment rate in February decreased from 4.8% to 4.7%. March 2017.
- U.S. Interest Rate Rise
The federal reserve increased on March 15, 2017 the interest rate by 0.25% to a range of 0.75% to 1.0%. The rise is the first in 2017.
- Romania V.A.T. Cut
Starting January 1, 2017 the new standard V.A.T. rate in Romania is 19% reduced from 20%. February 2017.
- Hong Kong Pakistan Tax Treaty
The two countries signed on February 17, 2017 a double tax treaty, DTA. The tax withholding rates are 10% for payments of dividends, interest and royalties. February 2017.
- Slovakia Armenia Tax Treaty
The 2015 double tax treaty, DTA, between the two countries entered into force on February 1, 2017 applying from January 1, 2018. February 2017.
- U.K. Inflation
The consumer prices index, CPI, in the U.K. rose by 1.8% in the year to January 2017 compared to 1.6% in the year to December 2016. February 2017.
- U.S. January Job Report
The labor department reported on February 3, 2017 that 227,000 new jobs were added to the American economy in January compared to a forecast of only 175,000 new jobs. The unemployment rate rose from 4.7% to 4.8%. February 2017.
- Greece Tax Withholding Update
Starting January 1, 2017the tax withholding rate for payment of dividends to nonresident companies increased from previous 10% rate to 15%. January 2017.
- Colombia Tax Withholding Update
Starting January 1, 2017 the tax withholding rate for payments of interest and royalties to nonresident companies decreased from previous 33% rate to 15%. January 2017.
- Belgium Tax Withholding Update
Starting January 1, 2017 the tax withholding rate for payments of dividends, interest and royalties to nonresident companies increased from previous 27% rate to 30%. January 2017.
- Slovakia Corporate Tax
Starting January 1, 2017 the new corporate income tax rate in Slovakia is 21% reduced from the 2016 rate of 22%.January 2017.
- U.K. Corporate Tax
The corporate income tax rate in the U.K. will be reduced to 19% compared to the current 20% rate starting April 1, 2017. January 2017.
- Peru Corporate Tax
Starting January 1, 2017 the new corporate income tax rate in Peru is increased to 29% compared to the current 28% rate. January 2017.
- Israel Corporate Income Tax
Starting January 1, 2017 the new corporate income tax rate in Israel is 24%, reduced from 25% in 2016. The corporate income tax rate will be further reduced to 23% in 2018. January 2017.
- Poland Corporate Tax Rate
Starting January 1, 2017 the corporate income tax rate will be reduced to 15% for new companies and companies having a turnover of less than EUR 1.2 million in the previous year. December 2016.
- Hungary 2017 Tax Update
Starting January 1, 2017 Hungary will have a flat 9% corporate income tax rate replacing the current 10% and 19% rates. December 2016.
- U.S November Job Report
The U.S. labor department reported that 178,000 new jobs were added to the U.S. economy in November compared to a prior forecast of 180,000. The unemployment rate in November was 4.6%, a nine year low. December 2016.
- U.S. Interest Rate Rise
The U.S. federal reserve raised on December 14, 2016 the interest rate by 0.25% to a range of 0.5%-0.75%, the second rise in a decade. December 2016.
- Sweden Saudi Arabia Tax Treaty
The double tax treaty, DTA, between the two countries entered into force on September 1,2016 applying from January 1, 2017.The DTA includes reduced tax withholding rates. October 2016.
- U.S, September Job Report
The U.S. labor department reported on October 9, 2016 that 156,000 new jobs were added to the American economy in September. The unemployment rate in September rose to 5%. October 2016.
- Egypt New V.A.T. Law
Starting September 8, 2016 there is a new V.A.T. regime replacing the previous sales tax. The standard V.A.T. rate is 13% in 2016 and up to June 30, 2017.October 2016.
- Belgium Corporate Tax Rate Cut
The finance minister announced his plan to reduce the corporate income tax rate, currently 33.99%, to 27% in 2017 and down to 20% in 2019. October 2016.
History of Taxation
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