Amnesties, Settlements and Optimal Tax Enforcement
25 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 1998
Date Written: September 1997
This paper develops a model of tax enforcement in which the tax agency has discretionary power to make pre-audit settlement offers. Settlement can take the form either of general amnesties or of individual deals. It is shown that pre-audit settlements allow the agency to overcome its limited control over the enforcement parameters (the agency takes the tax and penalty levels as given) and to increase net revenue. Amnesties prove to be superior to individual deals since they allow the agency not only to extract from taxpayers their defence cost, but also to reduce an excessive tax differential.
JEL Classification: I26, K42
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