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The Individual Taxpayer Utility Function with Tax Optimization and Fiscal Fraud Environment

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  • Pawe³ Pankiewicz

    (PhD student at the Department of Finance, University of Economics in Krakow, he is also a tax specialist at Tele-Fonika Kable Sp. z o.o. S.K.A)

Abstract

In this paper I examine a taxpayer utility function determined by the extended set of variables – i.e. consumption, labor and tax-evasion propensity. This constitutes the main framework for the analysis of taxpayer’s decision making process under assumption that in the economy there exist two main reduction methods: a) access to tax optimization techniques, which may decrease effective tax burden and are fully compliant with binding laws, but generate transactional costs and 2) possibility of fiscal fraud – in particular tax evasion, as the alternative method of reducing tax due, which has no direct transactional costs, but involves tax litigation risk.

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  • Pawe³ Pankiewicz, 2011. "The Individual Taxpayer Utility Function with Tax Optimization and Fiscal Fraud Environment," "e-Finanse", University of Information Technology and Management, Institute of Financial Research and Analysis, vol. 7(3), pages 52-58, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:rze:efinan:v:7:y:2011:i:3:p:52-58
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    Keywords

    taxation theory; taxpayer utility; tax evasion;

    JEL classification:

    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H26 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Tax Evasion and Avoidance

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