Heavier taxes

THE TAX burden on the average Portuguese family is getting heavier, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD).

The average Portuguese worker hands over 36.2 per cent of his salary in taxes and social security contributions.

Despite considering that this amount was high, the organisation showed that the tax burden in Portugal was below the European average of the 15 core members (42.1 per cent) and the overall average of total taxes for the 30 OECD countries (37.3 per cent).

The OECD also demonstrated that the tax burden on the Portuguese had risen by six percentage points since 1991 when it represented 33.2 per cent – one of the lowest of the 30 member states.

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