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Paying Taxes 2021

What we can learn from tax regimes in 1901 economies around the world

PwC and the World Bank Group reveal the power of technological advances for taxpayers and tax administrations.

The release of Paying Taxes 2021 has been paused.

The Paying Taxes Report is based on data from the World Bank’s Doing Business study. As the World Bank has paused the release of Doing Business 2021, this has in turn paused the release of Paying Taxes 2021. We will update our website with a release date once further information is available.

Paying Taxes 2021: Access a new perspective

Paying Taxes, an annual study from PwC and the World Bank Group, helps governments and businesses understand how their tax systems compare on the global stage and helps tax administrations learn from what others are doing.  

Now in its 15th edition, this year’s study looks at how advances in technology make paying taxes easier. With 16 years of data and comparative analysis on the tax systems in 191 economies, Paying Taxes lets you see the impact of digital innovation around the world. 

Learn what technologies are currently available for tax compliance, how they’re being implemented and the ways in which you can use them to reduce administrative burdens. See what other economies are doing to improve the neutrality of their VAT systems by enhancing the process of VAT refunds. Dive deeper into the most prominent tax policy shifts and tax policy issues.

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Key findings

Focus on what matters: Key findings on paying taxes | Duration: 2:14

Access the Paying Taxes 2020 interactive tools and recorded webcast

Data explorer

PwC and the World Bank Group share their 16 years of tax data from 191 economies. Take a look at how your economy compares with others using our interactive tool. Sort the numbers by geographic or economic region. Save your results.

Explore the Paying Taxes data

Economy rankings

Use this interactive tool to see your economy’s ranking for ease of paying taxes in 2019, based on four indicators: Total Tax and Contribution Rate (TTCR), time to comply, number of payments and post-filing index.

See how your economy ranks

Movements in the Paying Taxes indicators

This interactive chart shows which reforms had the greatest impact on the 2019 global average for each of the Total Tax and Contribution Rate, the time to comply and the number of payments indicators.

See where the largest changes took place

What were the largest changes to the Paying Taxes indicator in 2019 ?

Use the drop-down menu below to explore in more detail the changes in individual economies and see how these have impacted the global averages for the Total Tax and Contribution Rate, the time to comply and the number of payments sub-indicators.

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Andrew Packman

Andrew Packman

Partner, Tax Transparency and Total Tax Contribution Leader, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 7712 666441

Tom Dane

Tom Dane

Senior Manager, Tax Transparency and Total Tax Contribution, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 7715 211316