How do your taxes and social benefits differ from your peers in other countries and what is the effect on your income? How much income do unemployed people get in different countries? The new OECD online taxbenefit calculator may have the answer. Our experts have taken all those complex legal rules about who is entitled to what benefit and who should pay how much tax in different countries and put them into a simple tax-benefit calculator so that you can decide yourself which comparisons you would like to make.
For each country, you can choose from a selection of different family types and earnings levels. Just click on the Calculate button to see the answer. Calculations take into account the taxes and social security contributions due on earnings and benefits. Unemployment benefits, social assistance, and family, housing and in-work benefits are also included in the calculations. Care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the models, but errors can occur and so users are advised to use the calculator as a guide only and to verify results against national sources.
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