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Tax responsibility

  • GRI
  • 207-1,

    Approach to tax

  • 207-2,

    Tax governance, control and risk management

  • 207-3,

    Stakeholder engagement and management of concerns related to tax

  • 207-4

    Country-by-country reporting

J&J is committed to paying our fair share of taxes.38 Our tax footprint evolves over time and reflects our business activities and investments in each respective jurisdiction, including in R&D and manufacturing. What does not waver is our commitment to good corporate citizenship, which we demonstrate through sustainable values and behaviors relating to tax governance, compliance, planning, risk management, relationship with governmental authorities and transparency, all of which are more fully described in our Tax Policy. Policies & Positions: Tax Policy

In 2023, J&J contributed approximately $16.4 billion in taxes and fees to governments and economies around the world.39 This Total Tax Contribution is made up of two components:

  • Total Taxes Borne: In 2023, J&J bore $10.6 billion in taxes around the world. The taxes include corporate income taxes, the Company’s share of payroll and social insurance taxes and the Company’s share of sales and other taxes. Sales taxes include sales, use and non-recoverable value-added tax. Other taxes are primarily comprised of customs and other duties such as local taxes and special fees related to the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Total Taxes Collected: Additionally, in 2023 J&J collected $5.8 billion related to the commerce the Company generates. These collections were in the form of payroll and social insurance taxes from approximately 134,000 employees across the world, sales and use taxes, and value-added taxes. These taxes are collected on behalf of governments from employees, customers and other business partners. Taxes Collected are an important part of the measure of the contribution made by J&J through job creation and business activities in the many countries in which we operate.
Alyson Lawrence, Vice President, Global Taxation, Johnson & Johnson (photo)

Johnson & Johnson’s Credo principles reinforce our commitment to good corporate citizenship. Our tax policy is guided by those principles, and it is through those sustainable values and behaviors we maintain strong tax governance. In 2023, Johnson & Johnson paid over $10.6 billion in taxes and collected another $5.8 billion in taxes that benefit governments across the globe.”

Alyson Lawrence, Vice President, Global Taxation, Johnson & Johnson

Our intent is to provide a comprehensive view of total taxes paid around the world. Corporate Income Tax represents payments in all markets in which we operate and is the amount reported as Income Taxes Paid in the 2023 Annual Report. Other taxes shown aggregate our data from 40 major markets that represent the vast majority of our revenues. We aspire to include all markets in future years.

2023 Tax Contribution (billions)

Taxes Borne

Taxes Collected

Payroll & social insurance taxes



Sales/use & other taxes



Corporate income tax





Total tax contribution


38 The tax information contained in this section is intended to provide the reader with an overview of all taxes contributed by Johnson & Johnson, and not just income taxes. It should be read in conjunction with the Company’s tax information filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including in the most recently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K. This tax information is supplemental to, and not a substitute for, the information reported in the Company’s SEC filings.

39 On August 23, 2023, Johnson & Johnson completed the separation of the Consumer Health business (Kenvue). The total taxes borne and collected by the Consumer Health business are not reflected in the 2023 Total Tax Contribution Statement. Likewise, the total employees referenced also excludes employees of the Consumer Health business.

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