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Public tax rolls in Norway to be stopped. The Norwegian Ministry of Finance has circulated a proposal for tighter rules on disclosure of the infamous annual tax lists. In a press release, the ministry states the main purpose of the proposal is not only to reduce the risk of misuse, but also to avoid undesirable commercialization of the information. It is highly important to make the tax rolls public, as not only do they provide information about earnings and income tax paid but are a prerequisite for public debate, according to the statement.

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Public tax rolls in Norway to be stopped

Published on Monday, 31st January, 2011 at 21:45 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.

The Norwegian Ministry of Finance has circulated a proposal for tighter rules on disclosure of the infamous annual tax lists.

Norwegian Ministry of Finance
Norwegian Ministry of Finance
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In a press release, the ministry states the main purpose of the proposal is not only to reduce the risk of misuse, but also to avoid undesirable commercialization of the information.

It is highly important to make the tax rolls public, as not only do they provide information about earnings and income tax paid but are a prerequisite for public debate, according to the statement.

“The principle of public access must not go so far that it could be at the expense of an individual’s security, or lead to an unfortunate commercialization of the tax rolls”, says the Minister of Finance, Sigbjørn Johnsen.

According to the Ministry, the press should continue to have access to the electronic copy of the tax rolls, but editors must enter an agreement with the tax authority not to publish entire details contained in them.

“The press will not be able to post complete lists on the Internet, but continued access for internal use ensures its possibility to engage in critical journalism about the tax system”, said Finance Minister Sigbjørn Johnson.

Information about deceased persons and people under 18 will be removed from the list.

The consultation deadline is 28th of March 2011.




Published on Monday, 31st January, 2011 at 21:45 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.

This post has the following tags: sigbjoernjohnsen, taxlists, ministryoffinance.





  
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