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European Union Compared by Economy > Entrepreneurship > Paying Taxes > Index ranking

DEFINITION: Doing Business records the tax that a medium-size company must pay or withhold in a given year, as well as measures of the administrative burden in paying taxes. Taxes are measured at all levels of government and include the corporate income tax, the personal income tax withheld by the company, the value added tax or sales tax, property taxes, property transfer taxes, the dividend tax, the capital gains tax, the financial transactions tax, waste collection taxes and vehicle and road taxes. To measure the tax paid by a standardized business and the complexity of a country’s tax law, a case study is prepared with a set of financial statements and assumptions about transactions made over the year. Experts in each country compute the taxes owed for their jurisdiction based on the standardized case facts. Information on the frequency of filing, audits and other costs of compliance is also compiled. The project is developed and implemented in cooperation with PricewaterhouseCoopers. NOTE: This is a ranking derived from several indicators, 1 being the best (ranked first). The higher the number on this graph, the lower their overall ranking. Invert this graph by clicking on 'Amount' at the top. Consult source for details on methodology.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Netherlands 120 2005
2 Romania 116 2005
3 Poland 106 2005
4 Italy 102 2005
5 Hungary 98 2005
6 Croatia 85 2005
7 Latvia 83 2005
8 United Kingdom 81 2005
9 Bulgaria 78 2005
10 Slovenia 77 2005
11 Austria 72 2005
12 Czech Republic 70 2005
13 Slovakia 69 2005
14 Finland 68 2005
15 Greece 67 2005
16 Denmark 61 2005
17 Germany 54 2005
18 Portugal 47 2005
19 Sweden 38 2005
20 France 35 2005
21 Belgium 33 2005
22 Lithuania 31 2005
23 Spain 25 2005
24 Ireland 21 2005
25 Estonia 18 2005

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