The effect of awareness and incentives on tax evasion
Annette Alstadsæter () and
No 147, arqus Discussion Papers in Quantitative Tax Research from arqus - Arbeitskreis Quantitative Steuerlehre
We observe a specific type of tax evasion among business owners in Swedish administrative panel data, after the tax authority has approved all tax returns. For the period 2006-2009, approximately 5% of tax returns overstate a claimed dividend allowance. Tax awareness decreases and complexity increases the likelihood of misreporting. Some observed misreporting could be accidental, while some misreporting is deliberate tax evasion. We identify a positive and significant effect of tax rates on tax evasion, by exploiting a large kink in the tax schedule. The majority of misreporting cases remains undetected. Self-correction is the dominant type of detection.
Keywords: tax evasion; tax compliance; tax enforcement; tax awareness; detection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H26 H24 D14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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