Taxation and Customs Union

TEDB - "Taxes in Europe" database

The "Taxes in Europe" database is the European Commission's on-line information tool covering the main taxes in force in the EU Member States. The system contains information on around 650 taxes, as provided to the European Commission by the Ministries of Finance of the EU Member States. Access is free for all users.

The information can be found quickly and easily using the search tool.

What type of information is available?

The "Taxes in Europe" database contains, for each individual tax, information on its legal basis, assessment base, main exemptions, applicable rate(s), economic and statistical classification, as well as the revenue generated by it.

The database is not meant to constitute a reference for legal purposes (see also important legal notice).

What types of taxes can be found?

The "Taxes in Europe" database covers the following types of taxes:

  • All main taxes in revenue terms. These include notably personal income taxes, corporate income taxes, value added taxes, EU harmonised excise duties;
  • The main social security contributions.
  • Other important taxes yielding at least 0.1% of GDP.

The database does NOT cover information on:

  • Customs duties and tariffs. This type of information can be found in the customs tariff database TARIC.

Web service for accessing the VAT rates.

A SOAP web service to consult the applicable VAT rates is available. Please check the following WSDL link:

Enquiries on the "Taxes in Europe" database may be addressed to:

Links to the websites of the national Ministries of Finance.

Please note that the European Commission does not answer questions on individual tax compliance requirements.