Chapter 1


Brief Description of the Government Finance and Tax Statistical Databank

This databank consists of two parts, with bank names GOVT (84 time series) and TAX (98 time series).

Data published in: (a) Yearbook of Financial Statistics of the Republic of China, Tables 1-3, 6-9, 13 (this is the part with bank name GOVT); (b) Yearbook of Tax Statistics, Republic of China, Tables 1-7, 10, 11, 26-30 (this is the part with bank name TAX).

Data released by: Department of Statistics, Ministry of Finance.

Data updated annually: around April for TAX, and September for GOVT. A small number of data in TAX are monthly data and being updated monthly.


1.2 Composition of Retrieval Codes

In Chapters 2 and 4, we will list all retrieval codes of GOVT and TAX according to the Table order in their respective publications. In Chapters 3 and 5, the same retrieval codes are listed alphabetically.

We hope you may easily find the retrieval codes for the data you need in Chapters 2-5. However, it might be helpful if you are familiar with how we construct these retrieval codes. Generally speaking, each retrieval code has two parts:

(1) The first part consists of a certain English abbreviation to represent a particular "concept" in government finance and tax statistics. For example:

NR -- Net Revenues
NE -- Net Expenditures
NCUR -- Net Current Revenues
NCAR -- Net Capital Revenues
NCUE -- Net Current Expenditures
NCAE -- Net Capital Expenditures
TX -- Taxes
TXC -- Commodity Tax
TINR -- Net Revenues of Income Tax
TIGR -- Gross Revenues of Income Tax

(2) The second part is a "modifier" following an "@" sign and placed right behind the initial English abbreviation. These modifiers are usually some English abbreviations representing a certain category in government finance and tax statistics. For example, "DEF" represents "National Defense", "EDU" represents "Education Science & Culture", "SS" represents "Social Security", and INDI represents "individual". Therefore, NE@DEF is the retrieval code for " Net Expenditures of General Gov't - for National Defense", NE@SS is the retrieval code for " Net Expenditures of General Gov't - for Social Security", TXC@SUGAR is the retrieval code for " Commodity Tax - Sugar", etc.