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Since 2017, the Public Trust in Tax study has gathered and analyzed data about attitudes towards corruption and tax around the globe. This year, with responses from 7,700 members of the public across the globe, the study demonstrates that accountants continue to have a major role to play in addressing corruption, which negatively impact on attitudes towards tax in economies across the globe.

Public Trust in Tax reveals the attitudes and opinions of the general public towards their tax systems, and the actors involved in them. The key findings indicate that:

  • Trust in key stakeholders has improved in most regions, but there are still significant variations;
  • People see tax systems as a mechanism for positive change, but are concerned about corruption;
  • People generally think that levels of taxes paid are reasonable.

Understanding the negative implications of corruption on trust, tax morale, and sustainable development more broadly, is one of the key reasons why fighting corruption is such a central priority for the global accountancy profession.

Public Trust in Tax 2023: Building Trust in Tax for a Sustainable Future

The 2023 Public Trust in Tax survey looks to the interplay between tax, trust, corruption and a sustainable future. Taken together with the continued trust in professional accountants, and additional new data on views about sustainable development, insight into the important interconnections between these issues is starting to come into view.

This year’s survey was based on a 2023 online survey of more than 7,700 individuals across all the G20 countries apart from Russia, plus New Zealand.