Perceptions of Corruption and Tax Non-Compliance Behaviour: Policy Implications for Developing Countries
43 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2019
Date Written: January 18, 2019
Tax non-compliance and perceptions of corruption are key challenges to state-building in developing countries. Using a social psychology approach, we develop a theoretical model in which different forms of perceived corruption can adversely influence the way individual taxpayers behave. We then apply this model to Indonesia, placing our empirical findings in the context of compliance risk management, identifying strategies to improve tax compliance, and exploring how to implement these strategies effectively. We shed light on the applicability of the traditional responsive regulatory approach (used by revenue authorities to deal with intentionally non-compliant taxpayers), which combines measures in attempting to achieve either voluntary or enforced compliance. While the empirical evidence is based on the Indonesian experience, we suggest that our model is sufficiently general and robust to be applicable to other developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Keywords: corruption, tax compliance, compliance risk management, norm-based intervention
JEL Classification: D03, H20, H24, H26
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