* indicates monthly or quarterly data series

Tax preparation time, in hours, 2019:

The average for 2019 based on 184 countries was 235 hours. The highest value was in Brazil: 1501 hours and the lowest value was in Bahrain: 23 hours. The indicator is available from 2005 to 2019. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: hours; Source: The World Bank (doing business survey)
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Countries Tax preparation time, 2019 Global rank Available data
Brazil 1501 1 2013 - 2019
Bolivia 1025 2 2005 - 2019
Venezuela 920 3 2005 - 2019
Libya 889 4 2012 - 2019
Chad 834 5 2005 - 2019
Ecuador 664 6 2005 - 2019
Gabon 632 7 2005 - 2019
Cameroon 624 8 2005 - 2019
R. of Congo 602 9 2005 - 2019
Eq. Guinea 492 10 2005 - 2019
C.A. Republic 483 11 2005 - 2019
Bulgaria 441 12 2005 - 2019
Bangladesh 435 13 2013 - 2019
S.T.&Principe 424 14 2005 - 2019
Senegal 416 15 2005 - 2019
Bosnia & Herz. 411 16 2005 - 2019
Panama 408 17 2005 - 2019
Guinea 400 18 2005 - 2019
Maldives 391 19 2005 - 2019
Vietnam 384 20 2005 - 2019
Paraguay 378 21 2005 - 2019
Nepal 377 22 2005 - 2019
Egypt 370 23 2005 - 2019
Laos 362 24 2005 - 2019
DR Congo 346 25 2005 - 2019
Nigeria 343 26 2013 - 2019
Sierra Leone 343 27 2005 - 2019
Syria 336 28 2005 - 2019
Poland 334 29 2005 - 2019
Ukraine 328 30 2005 - 2019
Lesotho 327 31 2005 - 2019
Gambia 326 32 2005 - 2019
Domin. Rep. 317 33 2005 - 2019
Argentina 312 34 2005 - 2019
Iraq 312 35 2005 - 2019
Namibia 302 36 2005 - 2019
Ethiopia 300 37 2005 - 2019
Montenegro 300 38 2006 - 2019
Chile 296 39 2005 - 2019
Angola 287 40 2005 - 2019
Pakistan 283 41 2013 - 2019
Burma 282 42 2012 - 2019
Hungary 277 43 2005 - 2019
Mali 276 44 2005 - 2019
Afghanistan 270 45 2005 - 2019
Benin 270 46 2005 - 2019
Burkina Faso 270 47 2005 - 2019
Mauritania 270 48 2005 - 2019
Niger 270 49 2005 - 2019
Jamaica 268 50 2005 - 2019
Algeria 265 51 2005 - 2019
Armenia 264 52 2005 - 2019
Peru 260 53 2005 - 2019
Colombia 256 54 2005 - 2019
Guyana 256 55 2005 - 2019
Albania 252 56 2005 - 2019
India 252 57 2013 - 2019
Guatemala 248 58 2005 - 2019
Yemen 248 59 2005 - 2019
Fiji 247 60 2005 - 2019
Portugal 243 61 2005 - 2019
Zimbabwe 242 62 2005 - 2019
Barbados 241 63 2011 - 2019
Mexico 241 64 2013 - 2019
Italy 238 65 2005 - 2019
Israel 234 66 2005 - 2019
Slovenia 233 67 2005 - 2019
Burundi 232 68 2005 - 2019
Czechia 230 69 2005 - 2019
Thailand 229 70 2005 - 2019
Ghana 226 71 2005 - 2019
Serbia 226 72 2005 - 2019
Samoa 224 73 2005 - 2019
Tajikistan 224 74 2005 - 2019
Kyrgyzstan 220 75 2005 - 2019
Germany 218 76 2005 - 2019
G.-Bissau 218 77 2005 - 2019
Puerto Rico 218 78 2005 - 2019
Eritrea 216 79 2005 - 2019
Georgia 216 80 2005 - 2019
Iran 216 81 2005 - 2019
South Africa 210 82 2005 - 2019
Tr.&Tobago 210 83 2005 - 2019
Papua N.G. 207 84 2005 - 2019
Tanzania 207 85 2005 - 2019
Croatia 206 86 2005 - 2019
Honduras 203 87 2005 - 2019
Nicaragua 201 88 2005 - 2019
Mozambique 200 89 2005 - 2019
Tonga 200 90 2005 - 2019
Suriname 199 91 2005 - 2019
Uganda 195 92 2005 - 2019
Greece 193 93 2005 - 2019
Slovakia 192 94 2005 - 2019
Indonesia 191 95 2013 - 2019
Ivory Coast 187 96 2005 - 2019
Kazakhstan 186 97 2005 - 2019
Haiti 184 98 2005 - 2019
Madagascar 183 99 2005 - 2019
Moldova 183 100 2005 - 2019
Lebanon 181 101 2005 - 2019
Uzbekistan 181 102 2005 - 2019
Cape Verde 180 103 2005 - 2019
Kenya 180 104 2005 - 2019
Sudan 180 105 2005 - 2019
Ant.& Barb. 177 106 2005 - 2019
USA 175 107 2013 - 2019
Malaysia 174 108 2005 - 2019
Palestine 174 109 2005 - 2019
South Korea 174 110 2005 - 2019
Cambodia 173 111 2005 - 2019
Philippines 171 112 2005 - 2019
Belarus 170 113 2005 - 2019
Turkey 170 114 2005 - 2019
Latvia 169 115 2005 - 2019
Malawi 169 116 2005 - 2019
El Salvador 168 117 2005 - 2019
Kiribati 168 118 2005 - 2019
Romania 163 119 2005 - 2019
Uruguay 163 120 2005 - 2019
Azerbaijan 159 121 2005 - 2019
Russia 159 122 2013 - 2019
Togo 159 123 2005 - 2019
UA Emirates 158 124 2005 - 2019
Zambia 158 125 2005 - 2019
Bahamas 155 126 2007 - 2019
Morocco 155 127 2005 - 2019
Saudi Arabia 152 128 2005 - 2019
Costa Rica 151 129 2005 - 2019
Belize 147 130 2005 - 2019
Tunisia 144 131 2005 - 2019
Spain 143 132 2005 - 2019
Grenada 140 133 2005 - 2019
Iceland 140 134 2005 - 2019
Liberia 140 135 2006 - 2019
Mauritius 140 136 2005 - 2019
New Zealand 140 137 2005 - 2019
France 139 138 2005 - 2019
Malta 139 139 2011 - 2019
China 138 140 2013 - 2019
Belgium 136 141 2005 - 2019
Mongolia 134 142 2005 - 2019
Denmark 132 143 2005 - 2019
Austria 131 144 2005 - 2019
Canada 131 145 2005 - 2019
Japan 129 146 2013 - 2019
Sri Lanka 129 147 2005 - 2019
Micronesia 128 148 2005 - 2019
Swaziland 122 149 2005 - 2019
Sweden 122 150 2005 - 2019
Botswana 120 151 2005 - 2019
Cyprus 120 152 2008 - 2019
Vanuatu 120 153 2005 - 2019
Netherlands 119 154 2005 - 2019
North Macedonia 119 155 2005 - 2019
Dominica 117 156 2005 - 2019
UK 114 157 2005 - 2019
Saint Lucia 110 158 2005 - 2019
St. Vincent & ... 108 159 2005 - 2019
Australia 105 160 2005 - 2019
Comoros 100 161 2005 - 2019
Kuwait 98 162 2005 - 2019
Jordan 97 163 2005 - 2019
Lithuania 95 164 2005 - 2019
Rwanda 91 165 2005 - 2019
Finland 90 166 2005 - 2019
Seychelles 85 167 2005 - 2019
Ireland 82 168 2005 - 2019
Solomon Isl. 80 169 2005 - 2019
Norway 79 170 2005 - 2019
Djibouti 76 171 2005 - 2019
Oman 68 172 2005 - 2019
Singapore 64 173 2005 - 2019
Switzerland 63 174 2005 - 2019
Luxembourg 55 175 2006 - 2019
Brunei 53 176 2006 - 2019
Bhutan 52 177 2005 - 2019
Palau 52 178 2005 - 2019
San Marino 52 179 2012 - 2019
Estonia 50 180 2005 - 2019
Liechtenstein 49 181 2018 - 2019
Qatar 41 182 2007 - 2019
Hong Kong 35 183 2005 - 2019
Bahrain 23 184 2007 - 2019



Definition: Time to prepare and pay taxes is the time, in hours per year, it takes to prepare, file, and pay (or withhold) three major types of taxes: the corporate income tax, the value added or sales tax, and labor taxes, including payroll taxes and social security contributions.
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