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Tax Administration Reform and Taxpayer Compliance in India

  • Arindam Das-Gupta

    (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Goregaon, India)

  • Shanto Ghosh

    (LECG, Oakland)

  • Dilip Mookherjee

    ()

    (Institute for Economic Development, Boston University)

This paper evaluates effects on tax compliance of simple reforms in personnel policy in the Indian income tax administration. Taxpayers voluntarily disclosing higher incomes are currently assigned to special assessment units. To avoid this, high income taxpayers have an added incentive to understate their incomes. Empirical evidence consistent with this hypothesis is found. It explains spillover effects of enforcement efforts across assessment units. We incorporate these spillovers in estimating revenue effects of increased support staff. The results imply significant compliance gains would accrue from expanded staff employment and changes in assignment procedures for staff and taxpayers.

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Paper provided by Boston University - Department of Economics in its series Boston University - Department of Economics - The Institute for Economic Development Working Papers Series with number dp-137.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2003
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Handle: RePEc:bos:iedwpr:dp-137
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