Countries that pay the highest income tax

Tori Floyd
Editor

Every tax season, it’s common to hear some moaning and groaning about how much income tax we pay; sure it goes towards all kinds of public services, but sometimes, it would be nice to just have a few more dollars on that paycheque.

The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) recently released a report that can help put that grumbling to rest. Taxing Wages 2017 looks at how much citizens in the 35 OECD countries pay in tax each year. While there are several measures the OECD analyzed, this list features the countries that pay the most in income tax, for a single person, measured as a percentage of the average wage.

Click through to see which countries pay the least and most in income tax.

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 35: Chile
Income tax: 0 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 34: Korea
Income tax: 5.2 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 33: Poland
Income tax: 6.1 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 32: Japan
Income tax: 6.8 per cent
(CNBC)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 31: Slovak Republic
Income tax: 7.5 per cent
(Estrup/Flickr)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 30: Greece
Income tax: 7.7 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 29: Mexico
Income tax: 8.5 per cent
(CNBC/Getty)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 27 (tie): Czech Republic
Income tax: 9.4 per cent
(Ryan Poplin/Flickr)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 27 (tie): Israel
Income tax: 9.4 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 26: Slovenia
Income tax: 9.8 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 25: Switzerland
Income tax: 10 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 24: Turkey
Income tax: 10.4 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 22 (tie): Austria
Income tax: 10.8 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 22 (tie): France
Income tax: 10.8 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 21: Spain
Income tax: 11.6 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 20: Hungary
Income tax: 11.7 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 19: Estonia
Income tax: 12.5 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 18: United Kingdom
Income tax: 12.6 per cent
(Getty)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 17: Portugal
Income tax: 13.4 per cent
(Josbert Lonnee/Flickr)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 16: Sweden
Income tax: 13.6 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 14 (tie): Canada
Income tax: 13.8 per cent
(The Canadian Press)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 14 (tie): Ireland
Income tax: 13.8 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 13: Latvia
Income tax: 15 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 12: Netherlands
Income tax: 15.2 per cent
(Rex Roof/Flickr)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 11: Germany
Income tax: 15.9 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 10: Luxembourg
Income tax: 16.2 per cent
(Josbert Lonnee/Flickr)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 9: Italy
Income tax: 16.4 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 8: United States
Income tax: 16.9 per cent
(Yahoo Finance)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 7: Norway
Income tax: 17.5 per cent
(IB Times)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 5 (tie): Finland
Income tax: 17.9 per cent
(Fotolia)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 5 (tie): New Zealand
Income tax: 17.9 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 4: Belgium
Income tax: 20.8 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 3: Australia
Income tax: 23 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 2: Iceland
Income tax: 26.9 per cent
(Reuters)

Countries that pay the most income tax

No. 1: Denmark
Income tax: 36.5 per cent
(Reuters)

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