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Tax Riots

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  • Christopher Phelan
  • Marco Bassetto

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This paper considers the existence of bad equilibria in a random auditing tax model with limits on the number of households which can be audited. Specifically, we present sufficient conditions for a tax-audit mechanism which has truth telling as one equilibrium to have other equilibiria in which households conceal income. Further, we present conditions such that the optimal tax-audit mechanism delivered by a standard mechanism design approach displays these characteristics. Our main idea is that in a realistic model of taxation and auditing, incentives which are sufficient to induce truth-telling when households expect other households to tell the truth are generally insufficient to induce truth telling when households expect other households to cheat

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  • Christopher Phelan & Marco Bassetto, 2004. "Tax Riots," 2004 Meeting Papers 375, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:sed004:375
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    Keywords

    taxation; audits; mechanism design;

    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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