Relationship Between Tax Compliance Internationally and Selected Determinants of Tax Morale
University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Accounting
Tax compliance has been studied by analyzing the individual decision of a representative person between planning and evading taxes. A neglected aspect of tax compliance is the impact of a social contract on tax morale. Such implicit contract between the individual and the state guaranteeing a high level of economic freedom, effective competition laws, an important equity market and moral norms, is hypothesized to have a positive impact on tax compliance. In this paper, empirical evidence based on data from 30 countries indicate that tax compliance internationally is positively related to the level of economic freedom, the level of importance of the equity market and the effectiveness of competition laws and negatively related to crime rate as a proxy for moral norms.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: Tax compliance, social contract, tax morale, economic freedom, effective competion laws, moral norms.
JEL Classification: H24, H26, M41
Date posted: January 5, 2004