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Pakistan becomes fourth country to make tax records public

Pakistan is now one of only four countries in the world that make tax records public, joining the ranks of Norway, Finland and Sweden.

On February 15, Pakistan joined the ranks of Norway, Finland, and Sweden, by declaring that all tax records would be publicly available. Beginning with an online directory of the tax payments of every member of Parliament, a broader directory of all taxpayer records is slated to be published on March 31.

For an in-depth look at how investigative reporting (by the Center for Investigative Reporting in Pakistan) and related advocacy contributed directly to this new law, see the blog piece "What kind of reporting makes an impact? Some answers from Pakistan" by Sheila Coronel.