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Tax Rate Cuts and Tax Compliance

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  • Tamás K. Papp
  • Elöd Takáts

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The paper shows how tax rate cuts can increase revenues by improving tax compliance. The intuition is that tax evasion has externalities: tax evaders protect each other, because they tie down limited enforcement capacity. Thus, relatively small tax rate cuts, which decrease incentives to evade taxes, can lead to increased revenues through spillovers - creating Laffer effects. Interestingly, tax rate cuts here imply increasing effective taxes. The model is consistent with what happened in Russia, and may provide basis for further thinking about tax rate cuts in other countries.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 08/7.

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Length: 20
Date of creation: 01 Jan 2008
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:08/7

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Keywords: Tax revenues; Taxes; tax authority; tax evasion; tax compliance; tax rate cuts; tax evaders; tax rates; tax reform; tax enforcement; tax cuts; tax authorities; tax changes; flat tax; tax avoidance; tax collection; tax base; personal income tax; tax policy; tax rate changes; tax experiment; behavior of taxpayers; tax audits; tax audit; personal income tax rate; effective tax rates; higher income; tax increases; taxable income; tax burden; flat taxes; tax reforms; public finance; tax payments; international tax; tax countries; government spending; budget constraint; increase in tax revenues; tax revenue; fixed government expenditure; marginal tax rates; taxation; income effect; government expenditure; federal tax; internal revenue; income shifting; high tax rates; taxpayer compliance;

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  1. Cintra, Marcos, 2009. "Bank transactions: pathway to the single tax ideal A modern tax technology;the Brazilian experience with a bank transactions tax (1993-2007)," MPRA Paper 16710, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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