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A survey on tax compliance costs of Flemish SMEs: Magnitude and determinants






This study presents survey evidence on the magnitude and determinants of tax compliance costs in Flemish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Data were obtained from an internet questionnaire among members of a professional network of Flemish entrepreneurs, called VOKA. Analyzing a sample of 151 Flemish SMEs, we find that the tax compliance costs – exceeding over seven percent of gross added value – are relatively high. VAT, labor taxes and corporate taxes are the main components of tax compliance costs. In addition, our evidence confirms the regressivity hypothesis, according to which smaller companies face relatively higher compliance costs. Furthermore, industry, age and the proportion of blue-collar workers prove to be determining factors of relative compliance costs. Our study concludes by formulating a number of policy recommendations that might contribute to lower compliance costs.

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  • B. Schoonjans & P. Van Cauwenberge & C. Reekmans & G. Simoens, 2011. "A survey on tax compliance costs of Flemish SMEs: Magnitude and determinants," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 11/707, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
  • Handle: RePEc:rug:rugwps:11/707

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    1. O'Shea, Rory P. & Allen, Thomas J. & Chevalier, Arnaud & Roche, Frank, 2005. "Entrepreneurial orientation, technology transfer and spinoff performance of U.S. universities," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 34(7), pages 994-1009, September.
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