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Audits and tax offenders: recent evidence from Greece

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  • Athanasios O. Tagkalakis

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Using a novel dataset on summer 2012 tax inspections by the Hellenic Ministry of Finance in tourist and high economic activity areas in 13 regions in Greece we found that the intensification of tax audits can induce tax compliance. This finding is very important at the current juncture for Greece as it shows that improvement in tax administration and tax enforcement mechanisms can deter tax evasion, increase tax revenues and contribute to the on-going fiscal consolidation effort.

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  • Athanasios O. Tagkalakis, 2013. "Audits and tax offenders: recent evidence from Greece," Working Papers 152, Bank of Greece.
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    1. Lee,Hyung Chul, 2016. "Can electronic tax invoicing improve tax compliance ? a case study of the Republic of Korea's electronic tax invoicing for value-added tax," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7592, The World Bank.
    2. Stavros Degiannakis & Timotheos Angelidis & George Filis, 2013. "Oil price shocks and volatility do predict stock market regimes," Working Papers 170, Bank of Greece.
    3. Athanasios O. Tagkalakis, 2013. "Assessing the variability of indirect tax elasticity in Greece," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(3), pages 2098-2109.
    4. Athanasios O. Tagkalakis, 2014. "The determinants of vat revenue efficiency: recent evidence from Greece," Working Papers 181, Bank of Greece.
    5. Athanasios O. Tagkalakis, 2014. "Tax arrears and VAT revenue performance: Recent evidence from Greece," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 34(2), pages 1141-1155.
    6. Athanasios O. Tagkalakis, 2014. "The direct and indirect effects of audits on the tax revenue in Greece," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 34(2), pages 984-1001.
    7. repec:ebl:ecbull:eb-14-00514 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    taxation; audit; compliance.;

    JEL classification:

    • H26 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Tax Evasion and Avoidance
    • E26 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Informal Economy; Underground Economy
    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law

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