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Itemised deductions: a device to reduce tax evasion

  • Amedeo Piolatto


    (Universitat de Barcelona & IEB)

With direct incentives and sanctions being the most common instruments to fight tax evasion, the theoretical literature has tended to overlook indirect schemes, such as itemised deductions, in which one agent has an interest in other agents declaring their revenue. Itemised deductions provide an incentive for consumers to declare their purchases, and this forces sellers to do the same. I show that it is possible to increase tax proceeds by choosing a suitable level of itemised deduction, and this, for any level of taxation. Indeed, the cost for the government on the consumers' side is more than compensated for by the extra proceeds generated on the sellers' side.

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Paper provided by Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB) in its series Working Papers with number 2014/9.

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Date of creation: 2014
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