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What Shapes Attitudes Toward Paying Taxes? Evidence from Multicultural European Countries

  • Benno Torgler
  • Friedrich Schneider

Considerable evidence suggests that enforcement efforts cannot fully explain the high degree of tax compliance. To resolve this puzzle of tax compliance, several researchers have argued that citizens' attitudes toward paying taxes, defined as tax morale, helps to explain the high degree of tax compliance. However, most studies have treated tax morale as a black box, without discussing which factors shape it. Additionally, the tax compliance literature provides little empirical research that investigates attitudes toward paying taxes in Europe. Copyright (c) 2007 Southwestern Social Science Association.

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Article provided by Southwestern Social Science Association in its journal Social Science Quarterly.

Volume (Year): 88 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 443-470

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