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Optimal observability in a linear income tax

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  • Slemrod, Joel
  • Traxler, Christian

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We study the optimal observability of the tax base within the standard linear income tax problem, where observability is determined by the government's investment into the accurate measurement of the tax base.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 108 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 105-108

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:108:y:2010:i:2:p:105-108

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Keywords: Optimal linear income taxation Observability Tax enforcement;

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  1. Christian Traxler, 2009. "Majority Voting and the Welfare Implications of Tax Avoidance," Working Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2009_22, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.
  2. Stéphane Gauthier & Guy Laroque, 2014. "On the value of randomization," PSE - Labex "OSE-Ouvrir la Science Economique" hal-00969344, HAL.
  3. Mirco Tonin, 2014. "Reporting import tariffs (and other taxes)," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 21(1), pages 153-173, February.

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