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Public arrears

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Government Finances, Economic Statistics
Per Svensson

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Public arrears

The purpose of Public arrears is to analyze the yearly development in public arrears, among these tax in arrears The statistics were published for the first time in 2017 covering the years 2013-2016.

Statistical presentation

Public arrears provide a yearly overview of public arrears measured i mio. dkr. Both the total and the individual arrears are of public interest as they influence the government cash flow.

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Statistical processing

The compilation and the collection of data in done by the Danish Debt Collection Agency Statistics Denmark makes no direct statistical treatment, except for validation of data.

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Arrears effect the public liquidity and if they are not collected also the deficit/surplus. The statistics are relevant for economic ministries, the central bank, NGOs and others compilers of economic analysis and forecast. In addition it is assumed that the statistics is of general public interest.

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Accuracy and reliability

The accuracy of the statistic is estimated to be high, as it is based on registers that are continuously updated. In addition Statistics Denmark runs logical tests before publishing the data. The statistics are based on Danish Debt Collection Agencys register, why errors in these are transferred to the statistics. However, these possible errors are assumed to be very small. the uncertainty is therefore assumed to be low. No revisions of data will be made.

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Timeliness and punctuality

It is expected that the statistics in the future will be published simultaneously with or short after the data is compiled by Skattestyrelsen and published on the parliaments tax committees web page at the end of April. Thus these statistics is published 4 months after the end of the reference period.

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The data in the statistics is fully comparable over time. Statistics Denmark is not familiar if other countries are complied corresponding statistics.

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Accessibility and clarity

In the StatBank, these statistics can be found under the subject Public arrears. In addition the data is included in the annual publication Taxes and duties. For further information, go to the Public arrears subject page.

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