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Italy Posts Tax Return Data on Official Website

How much do you make? How surprised would you be to learn that your magic number had been posted on the Internet by the government? And that it was not by mistake, as in other recent breaches of privacy.

How Much Do You Make? The Nation Already Knows. The data has already been removed [link to no longer works] from easy web access at the official site. Bloomberg’s report indicates that it wasn’t simply posted to the web, but offered up as spreadsheets:

A ministry Web site was bombarded by Italians curious to see what their neighbors or favorite actors declared as income, making it often impossible later in the day to download spreadsheets with the name, date of birth, total income and amount each taxpayer paid.

If anyone knows where the mirrors are, please share.

I ask not out of prurient interest, but because it’s not so easy as taking data off the website.

4 comments on "Italy Posts Tax Return Data on Official Website"

  • David Brodbeck says:

    As a public employee, my salary and those of my coworkers are public knowledge. I have no problem with this. I don’t understand why knowing other people’s income is considered such a taboo.

  • Anonymous says:

    Look here:

  • Anonymous says:

    “Tax evasion ( l’evasione fiscale) is rife in Italy, where avoiding taxes is more popular than soccer (Italians may not be world champions at soccer, but they certainly are when it comes to tax evasion). The worst offenders are businesses and the self-employed, and it’s common knowledge that tax inspectors accept bribes to ‘turn a blind eye’ to tax evasion.”
    It took me a few minutes before I could stop laughing. It looks obviously that this is written before 2006 as they are world cup champions now…haha
    Anyway, look at this page guys.
    Now I think the leftists are just too frustrated that they didn’t get enough tax to fund their socialism ideology, so they did this to ..vent hahah

  • Fredrik says:

    In Norway the tax information is intentionally disclosed by the government, and it has been made searchable on the web. These lists tell you basically the same as the Italian ones, but will only give away the year of birth, not the entire date.
    I, for one, have no problem with the disclosure of this kind of information.

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