Paying Taxes 2019

A unique report by PwC and the World Bank Group

Fourteen years of data and analysis of tax systems in 190 economies: how is technology affecting tax administration and policy?

About the report

Now in its 13th edition, Paying Taxes continues to be a unique study from PwC and the World Bank Group, which investigates and compares tax regimes across 190 economies worldwide using a medium-sized domestic case study company.

This year, we look at how new tax software, real time reporting systems and data analytics are changing the way companies meet their tax compliance obligations and how tax authorities monitor and enforce those obligations.

We consider the balance between labour and income taxes, as economies consider the impact of the changes to the nature of work and the impact this has on revenue streams. And we look at some of the different approaches taken by tax authorities to tax audits and to the provision of training for both tax auditors and taxpayers.



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Watch the key findings from this year's Paying Taxes edition. | Duration 01:10

What were the largest changes to the Paying Taxes indicator in 2017?

Use the drop-down menu below to see which reforms had the greatest impact on the 2017 global average for each of the Total Tax and Contribution Rate, the time to comply and the number of payments indicators.


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Webcast discussion

For the first time PwC and the World Bank Group hosted a live webcast on 27 November to present the study results and respond to audience questions.

Watch the webcast replay

Data explorer 

Explore current and historical tax data from all 14 years of the study to find the results for your economy.

You can compare individual economies, geographic regions and economic regions for any year since 2004 and save your results.

Use the data explorer tool

Overall ranking and data table

See this year’s ease of paying taxes ranking and the results for our four indicators for 190 economies.


Explore the interactive table


Contact us

Andrew Packman

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

Tel: +44 7712 666441

Tom Dane

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

Tel: +44 7715 211316

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