Alchian and Allen Visit the IRS: Costly Audits and Taxpayer Compliance
10 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2012
Date Written: January 30, 2012
This note reports on the results from a small scale investigation of the compliance effects of a costly pre-audit on tax compliance. The tax compliance game is modeled in three parts: a declaration phase, a pre-selection phase with a cost for taxpayers, and an audit selection phase where all evaded income is discovered. While the theoretical predictions are ambiguous, the data from a series of laboratory experiments demonstrate that the presence of pre-audit costs leads to lower tax compliance.
Keywords: tax evasion, tax compliance, experiment, audit, audit cost
JEL Classification: H26, C91
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