Friday, October 23, 2009

Norway Tax Returns Go Public

In a move that should prove highly controversial to implement elsewhere, tax authorities in Norway have made public a tax list showing the annual income and overall wealth of almost every taxpayer. For Christine Ingebritsen, a professor at the University of Washington, it reflects a typical Scandinavian custom of egalitarianism.

5 comments:

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

That will allow them to raise their already high game even higher by focusing on things that really matter.

Kozémotandé said...

They are playing in another league altogether. Transparency is applied to both income and expenditure by the State. We can only watch with envy. Before even starting to think about transparency in income declaration we should insist on a more Open Government where each and every expenditure is visible and accounted for. Is it too much asking for a country of 1.2 million population?

Samad Ramoly said...

True, they are playing in another league, but should we continue with the self-indulgence of outclassing say Haiti or Sierra Leone?

That said, I wonder whether, in terms of accountability and transparency,we are declining or progressing? Any surmise?

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

Declining for sure. For example Sithanen has yet to offer us an explanation as to how the STC lost Rs3 billion.

Samad Ramoly said...

Indeed. But STC is one of the many other wealth drainers(http://tchombo.blogspot.com/2008/12/wealth-drainers.html) ripping off Dodoland since its "independence".