In One Chart: Childless, single Americans pay more in income tax than single people in most countries

On the campaign trail, President Trump frequently said America’s tax rate was the highest in the world — and for this group of Americans he wasn’t far off the mark.

The income-tax rate for childless single people in America is the eighth highest out of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) 35 member countries at 16.9%, the Paris-based organization found. While that’s less than half what the average single person pays in Denmark (35.9%), it is above the OECD average (13.4%). Other countries where single people pay more than Americans include Iceland and Australia.

But while single Americans pay a lot in income tax, the overall tax burden (including what employers pay toward social security) per single worker is highest in Belgium at 54%.

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