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    Belgium loses its crown as heaviest EU taxer

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    Belgium has lost its gold medal for the heaviest tax burden in Europe, according to the latest figures from the European statistical office, Eurostat. The country’s tax burden – taxes plus social security contributions – amounted to 46.8% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and is the third highest in the European Union (EU), behind France (47.6%) and Denmark (47.3%).

    The EU countries that are easiest on taxpayers are Ireland (23.8%), Rumania (26%) and Bulgaria (29%).

    Andy Sanchez
    The Brussels Times