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Tax Evasion across Italy: Rational Noncompliance or Inadequate Civic Concern?

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  • Brosio, Giorgio
  • Cassone, Alberto
  • Ricciuti, Roberto

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The paper suggests an explanation for the geographical dimension of tax evasion that focuses on the structure of territorial government. Taxes administered by the central government are not differentiated by regions. Poor areas may prefer a combination of lower taxes and lower levels of public services at both the central and the local level. This is especially true when income and wealth levels differ among the areas and the demand for publicly provided goods is correlated to these levels. But the use of nationally uniform tax schedules imposes a welfare burden on poorer areas. While the tax rates of local taxes can be adjusted to local preferences, tax evasion may be tacitly accepted as a compensation for the welfare loss deriving from too high centrally set tax rates. Copyright 2002 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

Volume (Year): 112 (2002)
Issue (Month): 3-4 (September)
Pages: 259-73

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Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:112:y:2002:i:3-4:p:259-73

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  1. Ugo Albertazzi & Ginette Eramo & Leonardo Gambacorta & Carmelo Salleo, 2011. "Securitization is not that evil after all," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 796, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
  2. James, Simon & Edwards, Alison, 2010. "An annotated bibliography of tax compliance and tax compliance costs," MPRA Paper 26106, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Ehtisham Ahmad & Giorgio Brosio & Vito Tanzi, 2008. "Local Service Provision in Selected Oecd Countries," IMF Working Papers 08/67, International Monetary Fund.
  4. Kastlunger, Barbara & Lozza, Edoardo & Kirchler, Erich & Schabmann, Alfred, 2013. "Powerful authorities and trusting citizens: The Slippery Slope Framework and tax compliance in Italy," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 36-45.

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