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Tax Rates Around the World 2017
(Note: Only the underlined countries are currently ready)
(Last partial update July 25, 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. October Job Report
The U.S. labor department reported on November 3, 2017 that 261,000 new jobs were added to the American economy in October compared to a forecast of 325,000 new jobs. November 2017.
- Switzerland V.A.T. Update
Starting January 1, 2018 the standard V.A.T. rate in Switzerland will be reduced from the current 8% rate to 7.7%. The special rate will be reduced from 3.8% to 3.7%.November 2017.
- Netherland Tax Update
The Dutch government presented on October 10, 2017 its new tax plan. The corporate income tax rates, now 20%/25% will be reduced by 1% each year, down to 16%/21% in 2021. October 2017.
- Israel Economy Growth
The IMF presented on October 16, 2017 its forecast. The Israeli economy is expected to grow by 3.1% in 2017 and 3.4% in 2018. The former IMF April forecast was lower, 3% in both years 2017 and 2018. October 2017.
- France Tax Reform
According to the finance bill dated September 27, 2017 the French corporate income tax rate will be reduced to 25% from 2018 to 2022. The wealth tax will be abolished. October 2017.
- U.S. September Job Report
The U.S. labor department reported on October 6, 2017 that the number of new jobs in September decreased by 33,000 compared to a preliminary forecast of a growth of 80,000 to 90,000 jobs. The decrease is the lowest in the last seven years. October 2017.
- U.S. Tax Reform
President Trump presented on September 27, 2017 his U.S. tax reform. The reforms includes reducing of the corporate income tax rate from 35% to 20%. Personal income tax rates will now have only three bands, 12%, 25% and 35%, compared to the current seven bands. September 2017.
- Thailand Reduced V.A.T. Rate
The Thai tax office announced that the current reduced 7% V.A.T. rate, compared to the standard 10% rate, will be extended to another year, till September 31, 2018. September 2017.
- Saudi Arabia Jordan Tax Treaty
The double tax treaty, DTA, between Saudi Arabia and Jordan entered into force on September 1, 2017 applying from January 1, 2018. September 2017.
- UAE VAT Law
Starting January 1, 2018 V.A.T will apply in the UAE. The standard rate of 5% will be imposed on goods and services. September 2017.
- Malaysia Tourism Tax
Starting September 1, 2017 a new tourism tax is imposed in Malaysia. The tax rate is MYR 10 per day per room. September 2017.
- Nigeria Singapore Tax Treaty
Nigeria and Singapore signed on August 2, 2017 a double tax treaty, DTA. According to the DTA a flat 7.5% tax withholding rate will apply to dividends, interest and royalties. August 2017.
- Switzerland Belgium Tax Treaty
The 2014 double tax treaty, DTA, between the two countries entered into force on July 19, 2017 applying from January 1, 2018. August 2017.
- Argentina Mexico Tax Treaty
The 2015 double tax treaty, DTA, between the two countries will enter into force on August 23, 2017 applying from January 1, 2018.The DTA includes reduced tax withholding rates for payments of dividends, interest and royalties. August 2017.
History of Taxation
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