Optimal tax administration
Michael Keen () and
Joel Slemrod ()
Journal of Public Economics, 2017, vol. 152, issue C, 133-142
This paper sets out a framework for analyzing optimal interventions by a tax administration, one that parallels and can be closely integrated with established frameworks for thinking about optimal tax policy. Its key contribution is the development of a summary measure of the impact of administrative interventions—the “enforcement elasticity of tax revenue”—that is a sufficient statistic for the behavioral response to such interventions, much as the elasticity of taxable income serves as a sufficient statistic for the response to tax rates. Among the applications are characterizations of the optimal balance between policy and administrative measures, and of the optimal compliance gap.
Keywords: Tax administration; Tax compliance; Optimal taxation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H21 H26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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