Narrative and Tax Compliance
21 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2012 Last revised: 2 Jun 2015
Date Written: September 24, 2013
Some noncompliant taxpayers fall outside the reach of third-party withholding and reporting. Revenue agencies may use enforcement and/or prosocial strategies to encourage compliance among such taxpayers. Revenue agencies should stand ready to use narrative as part of these efforts, despite implementation challenges. This is because of the persuasive capacity of narrative. It is also because media will likely create a narrative around any prominent strategy, and the media narrative may not further the goals of the agency.
Keywords: narrative, tax compliance, enforcement, prosocial
JEL Classification: H26, K34
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