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The Costs of VAT: A Review of the Literature

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  • Luca Barbone
  • Richard Bird
  • Jaime Vázquez Caro

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This paper reviews the published literature on the definition and measurement of the administrative and compliance costs of taxation, with special reference to VAT (including evasion and fraud) in the European Union.

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Paper provided by CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research in its series CASE Network Reports with number 0106.

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Length: 66 Pages
Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:sec:cnrepo:0106

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Keywords: Taxation; Subsidies; Revenue;

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  1. Hunter, William J & Nelson, Michael A, 1995. " Tax Enforcement: A Public Choice Perspective," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 82(1-2), pages 53-67, January.
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