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How are They Spending my Taxes? Tax Compliance and Citizens’ Interest in Politics

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  • Dawson, Peter
  • Jones, Philip
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    In neoclassical economics, individuals are assumed to perceive tax payments as commensurate with any other payment. This paper challenges this assumption. Individuals are more likely to identify with the community when they pay a higher share of their income in tax and when compliance is also an expression of civic duty. An analysis of questionnaire responses from over 20 countries suggests that citizens take a greater interest in politics when they are more tax compliant.

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    Paper provided by University of Bath, Department of Economics in its series Department of Economics Working Papers with number 21047.

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    Date of creation: Sep 2010
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    Keywords: information; political participation; tax evasion;

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