Itemised Deductions: A Device to Reduce Tax Evasion
IEB Working Paper N. 2014/9
24 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2014
Date Written: March 6, 2014
With direct incentives and sanctions being the most common instruments to fight tax evasion, the theoretical literature has tended to overlook indirect schemes, such as itemized deductions, in which one agent has an interest in other agents declaring their revenue. Itemized deductions provide an incentive for consumers to declare their purchases, and this forces sellers to do the same. I show that it is possible to increase tax proceeds by choosing a suitable level of itemized deduction, and this, for any level of taxation. Indeed, the cost for the government on the consumers' side is more than compensated for by the extra proceeds generated on the sellers' side.
Keywords: Tax evasion, itemised deductions, substitute goods, duopoly
JEL Classification: H00, H20, H26, H30
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