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France: tax revenue 2012-2018, by type

Since 2012, the tax revenue in France has been increasing. Tax revenue in France comes from various types of tax. Income tax, corporate tax, corporate tax and VAT represent most of the French state’s revenue. In 2017, the total public revenue in France reached 427.4 billion euros.

Value-Added Tax, main revenue of the French government

It appears that the amount of the revenue of the VAT in France has increased since 2012. That year, the revenue of the Value-Added Tax reached 137 billion euros, compared to 145 billion in 2016. In 2017, the VAT represented nearly 50 percent of the tax revenues collected by the State in France. However, other types of taxes in France have also increased, like the income tax, which went from 60 billion euros in 2012, up to 73 billion in 2016. One year later, the total income tax revenue of France reached roughly 77.6 billion.

A State in debt

France is considered to be one of the leading countries in Europe, but the nation has also one of the highest debt levels in the European Union. In 2017, a Eurostat survey displayed that France had a deficit and public debt amounting to 98.5 percent of the national GDP. That same year, the government revenue reached 1.23 trillion euro, whereas its spending came to around 1.29 trillion euros. This difference between France’s income and spending causes difficulties for the country’s economy. The budget balance of the state keeps being negative, while the cost of interest on the debt of France came in at over 34 billion euros in 2017.

Tax revenue in France from 2012 to 2018, by type of tax

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May 2019



Survey time period

2012 to 2018

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