Thursday, November 01, 2012

Finland posts 17000 pages of corporate tax data

The Finnish tax authorities published today, for the first time, company level aggregated data on taxes paid in Finland of listed companies and other legal entities that are required to pay corporate tax.

The decision was very likely inspired by news that Denmark will engage in similar experiment. The personal income tax rates have also traditionally been public in Finland on request. Transparency in corporate taxes is thus a logical step in promoting openness in taxes paid.

The data files are for year 2011 and include information on company level profits and corporate taxes levied.  They are available as CSV data sheet and as two PDFs that span to more than 17 000 pages. The data files can be found on bottom of a web page, only in Finnish, here

It will be interesting to see what kind of research this will generate.

With thanks to Matti Ylönen for this text and links.


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