One way to illustrate a country’s average tax burden is Tax Freedom Day. This is the day when the hypothetical typical person has earned enough to pay all their taxes for the year.
In 2004, the national Tax Freedom Day in the United States was calculated to be April 11, the earliest date for 37 years. For 2005, the United Kingdom’s Tax Freedom Day is May 31, 2005, three days later than 2004. In Canada, Tax Freedom Day 2003 was June 28, while Denmark’s Tax Freedom Day in 2001 was August 14.
Critics say the way Tax Freedom Day is calculated (dividing taxes raised by GDP) exaggerates the amount of tax paid by the middle class. Another distortion is that capital gains tax is counted in the taxation amount but capital gains income is not included as part of the GDP. Budget deficits are also not taken into account.