European countries—like almost all countries around the world—require businesses to pay corporate income taxes on their profits. The amount of taxes a business ultimately pays on its profits depends on both the corporate tax base and the corporate tax rate. Today’s map shows how statutory corporate income tax rates compare across European OECD countries.
Taking into account central and subcentral taxes, Portugal has the highest statutory corporate income tax rate among European OECD countries, at 31.5 percent. Germany and France follow, at 29.9 percent and 28.4 percent, respectively. Hungary (9 percent), Ireland (12.5 percent), and Lithuania (15 percent) have the lowest corporate income tax rates.
On average, European OECD countries currently levy a corporate income tax rate of 21.7 percent. This is below the worldwide average which, measured across 180 jurisdictions, was 23.54 percent in 2021.
EU countries—like most regions around the world—have experienced a decline in corporate income tax rates over the last decades. In 2000, the average corporate tax rate was 32.6 percent and has decreased consistently to its current level of 21.3 percent.
|Combined Statutory Corporate Income Tax Rates in European OECD Countries, 2022|
|European OECD Country||Combined Statutory Corporate Income Tax Rate|
Note: Combined statutory corporate income tax rates include both central and subcentral corporate income tax rates.
Source: OECD, “Tax Database: Table II.1. Statutory corporate income tax rate;” and Bloomberg Tax, “Country Guide.”