How Long Does it Take to Prepare Taxes?

Time to Prepare and Pay Taxes (hours), 2019
Economy | December 31, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 171 countries in 2019, Brazil ranked the highest in time to prepare and pay taxes with 1,501 hours followed by Bolivia and Venezuela. On the other end of the scale was Bahrain with 22.5 hours, Hong Kong with 34.5 hours and Qatar with 41.0 hours.

Average time to prepare and pay taxes reached 233 hours in 2019 in the World according to the National Statistical Office. This is 0.924 % less than in the previous year and -12.9 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, average time to prepare and pay taxes reached an all time high of 302 hours in 2005 and an all time low of 233 hours in 2019. The average annual growth amounted to -1.84 % since 2005.

Data for more countries are available at Time to Prepare and Pay Taxes indicator page.

Time to Prepare and Pay Taxes Unit 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Bangladesh hours ... ... ... ... ... ... 422 422 422 435 435
Bolivia hours ... ... ... ... ... ... 1,025 1,025 1,025 1,025 1,025
Bosnia and Herzegovina hours ... ... ... ... ... ... 407 407 420 411 411
Brazil hours ... ... ... ... ... ... 2,600 2,600 2,600 2,038 1,958
Bulgaria hours ... ... ... ... ... ... 436 436 453 453 453
Cameroon hours ... ... ... ... ... ... 648 648 648 648 624
Central African Republic hours ... ... ... ... ... ... 483 483 483 483 483
Chad hours ... ... ... ... ... ... 732 732 732 766 766
Congo hours ... ... ... ... ... ... 602 602 602 602 602
Ecuador hours ... ... ... ... ... ... 654 654 654 664 666
Equatorial Guinea hours ... ... ... ... ... ... 492 492 492 492 492
Gabon hours ... ... ... ... ... ... 488 488 488 488 488
Libya hours ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 889 889 889 889 889
Senegal hours ... ... ... ... ... ... 644 620 620 441 441
Venezuela hours ... ... ... ... ... ... 792 792 792 792 792