"First, we take away all the jobs! And, then... we raise VAT!"

For five consecutive years, Belgians have paid the highest amount of taxes in the European Union (EU). But after reducing the real tax rate last year, Belgium gave up the not-so coveted title to its neighbor.

With a real tax rate of 57.53%, France topped the list in 2016. Belgium was second, and Austria came in third. Sweden rounded up the top ten with a real tax rate of 47.13%.

Cyprus ranked at the bottom of the EU’s 28 member states, with a real tax rate of 23….


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