Norway Makes Citizen Tax Records Public

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If you live in Norway, and you want to know how much your neighbor paid in taxes last year, all you have to do is go online.
Norway's government has recently revealed that everyone is listed, from sports stars to the Nobel committee to reindeer herders, thanks to a law that opened tax records to the media.
Supporters say the practice is important to keep an open democracy. But opponents say tax records are a private matter between the taxpayer and the government.
Opponents claim criminals can go online to find targets, while children of low-income families are often teased about what their parents earn.
Even supporters admit Norwegians use the law as a kind of "tax porno" for checking the incomes of neighbors and co-workers.

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