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US Government current receipts as a percentage of GDP


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Actual indicator available Government current receipts as a percentage of GDP, by source
Actual indicator available - description Crnt_receipts is defined as Government Current Receipts (GCR) as a percentage of GDP. crnt_tax_receipts is defined as Current Tax Receipts (component of GCR) as a percentage of GDP. ctrbtns_govt_soc_ins is defined as Contributions for Government Social Insurance (component of GCR) as a percentage of GDP. inc_rcpts_asts is defined as Income Receipts on Assets (component of GCR) as a percentage of GDP.
Date of national source publication 8/2017
Method of computation
Periodicity Annual
Scheduled update by national source 10/2017
U.S. method of computation GCR(component) divided by GDP, expressed as a percentage
Comments and limitations Nominal dollars
Date metadata updated 10/2017
Disaggregation geography
Unit of measurement Percentage
Disaggregation categories
International and national references
Time period 2000-2016
Scheduled update by SDG team

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name Total government revenue as a proportion of GDP, by source
Target name Strengthen domestic resource mobilization, including through international support to developing countries, to improve domestic capacity for tax and other revenue collection.
Global indicator description Total taxes as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In the OECD classification the term "taxes" is defined as compulsory unrequited payments to general government. The definition of government follows that of the 2008 System of National Accounts (SNA). The important parts of the SNA's conceptual framework and its definitions of the various sectors of the economy have been reflected in the OECD's classification of taxes. The data are predominantly recorded on an accrual basis. Data on tax revenues are recorded without offsets for the administrative expenses connected with tax collection. GDP also follows the definition used in the SNA. The methodology used in compiling the OECD's internally comparable revenue statistics has been carefully developed and refined through consultation with national statisticians and tax policy makers for more than 40 years. It continues to evolve.
UN designated tier 1
UN custodial agency IMF (Partnering Agencies:OECD, World Bank)
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Organisation Government Current Receipts and Expenditures
Agency Staff Name Andrew Craig
Agency Survey Dataset Government Current Receipts and Expenditures
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