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Italy 2nd highest tax burden in EU says Eurostat

Only Belgium higher

29 April, 15:10
Italy 2nd highest tax burden in EU says Eurostat (ANSA) - Brussels, April 29 - Italy's tax burden in 2011 was the second heaviest among the 27 countries in the European Union, Eurostat reported on Monday.

The European statistics agency found Italians had to pay 42.3% of their earnings to the state in 2011.

The only country with a higher tax burden was Belgium, at 42.8%.

Italy's tax burden edged slightly lower compared to 2010, when it tied with Belgium for the dubious distinction at 42.7%.

In France and Germany's taxes took 38.6% and 37.1% of wages in 2011, respectively. In the United Kingdom, workers were docked over 26.0% in taxes.

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