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Intra-household Tax Avoidance: An Application to Swedish Household Data


  • Aronsson, Thomas

    () (Department of Economics, Umeå University)

  • Daunfeldt, Sven-Olov

    () (Department of Economics, Umeå University)

  • Wikström, Magnus

    () (Department of Economics, Umeå University)


This paper analyzes whether households use house interest deductions to minimize family tax payment. By applying a household model in which tax deductions are associated with a cost, we relate the likelihood of minimizing the tax payment to variables associated with the budget constraint and other household characteristics. The results show that 88 percent of the households follow an optimal (arbitrage free) avoidance strategy, and the likelihood of minimizing taxes is influenced by income, age and house ownership experience.

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  • Aronsson, Thomas & Daunfeldt, Sven-Olov & Wikström, Magnus, 2001. "Intra-household Tax Avoidance: An Application to Swedish Household Data," Umeå Economic Studies 572, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:umnees:0572

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    1. Slemrod, Joel & Yitzhaki, Shlomo, 2002. "Tax avoidance, evasion, and administration," Handbook of Public Economics,in: A. J. Auerbach & M. Feldstein (ed.), Handbook of Public Economics, edition 1, volume 3, chapter 22, pages 1423-1470 Elsevier.
    2. Stephens, Melvin Jr & Ward-Batts, Jennifer, 2004. "The impact of separate taxation on the intra-household allocation of assets: evidence from the UK," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 88(9-10), pages 1989-2007, August.
    3. Klevmarken, Anders, 1982. "Household Market and Nonmarket Activities (HUS) – A Pilot Study," Working Paper Series 77, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
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    Income taxation; Tax avoidance; Housing deductions;

    JEL classification:

    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
    • H29 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Other

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