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What Motivates Tax Compliance

James Alm ()

No 1903, Working Papers from Tulane University, Department of Economics

Abstract: In this paper, I review and assess what we have learned about what motivates individuals to pay - or to not pay - their legally due tax liabilities. I focus on three specific questions. First, what does theory say about what motivates tax compliance? Second, what does the evidence show? Third, how can government use these insights to improve compliance? I conclude with some suggestions - and some predictions - for future research.

Keywords: Tax evasion; behavioural economics; controlled field experiments; laboratory experiments. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H2 H26 D03 C9 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-exp, nep-iue, nep-pbe and nep-pub
Date: 2019-04
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