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How to Improve Tax Compliance? Evidence from Population-wide Experiments in Belgium

Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (), Clément Imbert, Johannes Spinnewijn (), Teodora Tsankova and Maarten Luts
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Teodora Tsankova: University of Warwick
Maarten Luts: FPS Finance

CAGE Online Working Paper Series from Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE)

Abstract: We study the impact of simplification, deterrence and tax morale on tax compliance. We ran five natural field experiments varying the communication of the tax administration with the universe of income taxpayers in Belgium throughout the tax process. A consistent picture emerges across experiments : (i) simplifying communication substantially increases compliance, (ii) deterrence messages have an additional positive effect, (iii) invoking tax morale is not effective, and often backfires. A discontinuity in enforcement intensity, combined with the experimental variation, allows us to compare simplification with standard enforcement measures. We find that simplification is far more cost-effective, allowing for substantial savings on enforcement costs

Keywords: Tax Compliance; Field Experiments; Simplification; Enforcement JEL Classification: C93; D91; H20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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