EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Offshore Tax Evasion and Wealth Inequality: Evidence from a Tax Amnesty in the Netherlands

Wouter Leenders, Arjan Lejour, Simon Rabaté and Maarten van’t Riet
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Maarten Van 't Riet ()

No 52, EconPol Working Paper from ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich

Abstract: Exploiting unique datasets covering over 28,000 tax evaders in the Netherlands, we investigate the distribution of tax evasion and its implications for the measurement of wealth inequality. In contrast to Alstadsæter, Johannesen and Zucman (2019), the correction for offshore wealth has only a modest effect on top wealth shares. We show that the distributional pattern of tax evasion depends on the type of tax evasion, e.g. it depends on the offshore country of choice. We explore a number of explanations to account for the differences in results and caution against projecting distributional patterns of detected tax evasion onto still undetected evasion. We also study the dynamic compliance behaviour of tax amnesty participants and document large and sustained increases in reported wealth of around 60% following amnesty participation.Combined with evidence of only a modest increase in the adoption of tax avoidance strategies, this suggests that amnesty participation can lead to substantial public revenue gains.

Date: 2020
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-iue, nep-pbe and nep-pub
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (2) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://www.ifo.de/DocDL/EconPol_Working_Paper_52_Offshore_Tax_Evasion.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: Offshore tax evasion and wealth inequality: Evidence from a tax amnesty in the Netherlands (2023) Downloads
Working Paper: Offshore tax evasion and wealth inequality: Evidence from a tax amnesty in the Netherlands (2023) Downloads
Working Paper: Offshore Tax Evasion and Wealth Inequality: Evidence from a Tax Amnesty in the Netherlands (2020) Downloads
Working Paper: Offshore Tax Evasion and Wealth Inequality: Evidence from a Tax Amnesty in the Netherlands (2020) Downloads
Working Paper: Offshore Tax Evasion and Wealth Inequality: Evidence from a Tax Amnesty in the Netherlands (2020) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:ces:econwp:_52

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in EconPol Working Paper from ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Klaus Wohlrabe ().

 
Page updated 2023-12-06
Handle: RePEc:ces:econwp:_52