A Field Experiment on Moral Suasion and Tax Compliance Focusing on Under-Declaration and Over-Deduction
AbstractField experiments in the area of tax compliance are rare. This field experiment generates a unique data set with respect to individuals' under-declaration of income and wealth and over-deductions of tax credits by obtaining exclusive full access to the audits. Using this commune level data from Switzerland, the paper explores the influence of moral suasion on tax compliance. Moral suasion was introduced through a treatment in which taxpayers received a letter signed by the commune's fiscal commissioner containing normative appeals. Interestingly, I observe differences between under-declaration and over-deductions. Moreover, the overall finding is in line with former results that moral suasion has hardly any effect on taxpayers' compliance.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology in its series School of Economics and Finance Discussion Papers and Working Papers Series with number 285.
Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: 05 Jun 2012
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tax compliance; moral suasion; field experiment;
Other versions of this item:
- Benno Torgler, 2012. "A Field Experiment on Moral Suasion and Tax Compliance Focusing on Under-Declaration and Over-Deduction," CREMA Working Paper Series 2012-06, Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts (CREMA).
- H26 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Tax Evasion
- H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
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- NEP-ALL-2012-06-25 (All new papers)
- NEP-EXP-2012-06-25 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-IUE-2012-06-25 (Informal & Underground Economics)
- NEP-PBE-2012-06-25 (Public Economics)
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