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Audits and tax offenders: recent evidence from Greece

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  • Athanasios O. Tagkalakis

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    (Bank of Greece)

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Using a novel dataset on summer 2012 tax inspections by the Hellenic Ministry of Finance in tourist and high economic activity areas in 13 regions in Greece we found that the intensification of tax audits can induce tax compliance. This finding is very important at the current juncture for Greece as it shows that improvement in tax administration and tax enforcement mechanisms can deter tax evasion, increase tax revenues and contribute to the on-going fiscal consolidation effort.

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Paper provided by Bank of Greece in its series Working Papers with number 152.

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Date of creation: Feb 2013
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  1. Athanasios O. Tagkalakis, 2014. "The direct and indirect effects of audits on the tax revenue in Greece," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 34(2), pages 984-1001.
  2. Athanasios O. Tagkalakis, 2014. "Assessing the variability of indirect tax elasticity in Greece," Working Papers 171, Bank of Greece.
  3. Stavros Degiannakis & Timotheos Angelidis & George Filis, 2013. "Oil price shocks and volatility do predict stock market regimes," Working Papers 170, Bank of Greece.
  4. Micaela M. Kulesz & Dennis A. V. Dittrich, 2014. "It's not you, it's me: an experimental study of employers' wage setting behavior," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 34(2), pages 1156-1164.
  5. Athanasios O. Tagkalakis, 2014. "Tax arrears and VAT revenue performance: Recent evidence from Greece," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 34(2), pages 1141-1155.

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