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The Runaway Taxpayer or: Is Prior Tax Notice Effective against Scofflaws?

  • Simone Pellegrino

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    (Department of Economics and Public Finance "G. Prato", University of Torino)

  • Massimiliano Piacenza

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    (Department of Economics and Public Finance "G. Prato", University of Torino)

  • Gilberto Turati

    ()

    (Department of Economics and Public Finance "G. Prato", University of Torino)

In this paper we study how prior tax notice (following audit and detection of tax fraud by Tax Authorities) affects individual behaviour in terms of tax compliance. We start with a very stylised theoretical framework, considering a situation in which an individual has been already audited and caught as tax evader, and knows that the Tax Authorities are looking for her to cash the due amount of taxes. We concentrate on the decision to move in order to avoid paying the bill, and derive the optimal number of times an individual should move equalising marginal costs and benefits of the decision. We then carry out an empirical analysis based on real data provided by an Italian collection agency for the period 2004-2007. Our results show that previous notice reduces the probability to move, but its cost is not large enough to correct the individual incentive to escape Tax Authorities.

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