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Belgium is second most-taxed country in EU
Belgium has overtaken Denmark to become the second most-taxed country in the EU after France, new data from Eurostat reveals.
The annual study is based on the sum of taxes and social contributions paid in 2017, relative to each country's gross domestic product.
After France on 48.4%, Belgium comes second with a tax burden last year of 47.3% - up from 46.7% in the previous year.
Denmark slips from second to third place, with a tax burden of 46.5%. According to Eurostat, the EU average last year was 40.2% - up from 39.9% in 2016.
A spokesman for prime minister Charles Michel's MR party said it was true that Belgium's tax burden increased last year, but it has fallen since 2014 and 2015, when Belgium was ranked the most taxed country in the European Union.
The increase in tax revenue last year is partly due to better collection of corporate tax, the MR spokesman added.