Hidden taxes reach European record-breaking levels

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- Hidden, or indirect, taxes for goods including food, gasoline, cars and cellular phones in Turkey have reached record-breaking levels based on European standards, according to a recent report from the Public Servants’ Union (Buro Sen).

The union’s research indicated that hidden taxes on such goods in Turkey has reached 69 percent of total taxes, a figure which has nearly doubled over the last three decades. In 1980, hidden taxes comprised only 37 percent of taxes overall. The European average share of hidden taxes out of overall taxes presently stands at 27 percent.

Eighty-seven percent of the state’s income comes from taxes, said the union, applied not only to goods such as tobacco and gasoline but also services such driver’s license and passport applications.

Comparatively, hidden tax ratios in countries such as Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany and the UK ranged from as low as 20 to as high 46 percent. The Public Servants’ Union said in its report that the exorbitant taxes on goods in Turkey unfairly punish civil servants and laborers in particular.