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Tax audits, fines and optimal tax evasion in a dynamic context

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  • Levaggi, Rosella
  • Menoncin, Francesco

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In a dynamic optimisation framework we show that the optimal tax evasion can be either a positive or a negative function of the tax rate according to the form of the fine to be paid when evasion is detected.

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  • Levaggi, Rosella & Menoncin, Francesco, 2012. "Tax audits, fines and optimal tax evasion in a dynamic context," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 117(1), pages 318-321.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:117:y:2012:i:1:p:318-321
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.05.043
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    Keywords

    Tax evasion; Dynamic optimisation; Tax rates; Audit process; Optimal dynamic consumption;
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    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • H26 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Tax Evasion and Avoidance

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