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Audit publicity and tax compliance: a quasi-natural experiment

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  • Pietro Battiston
  • Denvil Duncan
  • Simona Gamba
  • Alessandro Santoro

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We use confidential data on Value Added Tax payments at the sector level, in two large Italian cities, to estimate the effect of audits publicity on tax compliance of local sellers. By employing a Difference-in-Differences identification strategy, we find that such publicity has a positive effect on fiscal declarations made shortly after. The results suggest that increasing awareness on future audits via the media can be an important instrument in the hands of tax authorities.

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  • Pietro Battiston & Denvil Duncan & Simona Gamba & Alessandro Santoro, 2016. "Audit publicity and tax compliance: a quasi-natural experiment," LEM Papers Series 2016/40, Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy.
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    Keywords

    Tax evasion; Quasi-natural experiment; Audit publicity;
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    JEL classification:

    • H32 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Firm
    • K34 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Tax Law
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy

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