Settlement in Tax Evasion Prosecution

20 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2004

See all articles by Ines Macho-Stadler

Ines Macho-Stadler

Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona; Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Barcelona GSE); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

David Pérez-Castrillo

Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Abstract

It is often argued that, even if optimal ex post, settlement dilutes deterrence ex ante. We analyse the interest for the tax authority of committing, ex ante, to a settlement strategy. We show that to commit to the use of settlements is ex ante optimal when the tax authority receives signals that provide statistical information about the taxpayers' true tax liability. The more informative the signal, the larger the additional expected revenue raised by the tax authority when using settlement as a policy tool.

Suggested Citation

Macho-Stadler, Ines and Pérez-Castrillo, David, Settlement in Tax Evasion Prosecution. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=562268

Ines Macho-Stadler (Contact Author)

Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona ( email )

Departamento de Economia e Historia Economica
08193 Barcelona
Spain

Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Barcelona GSE) ( email )

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Barcelona, Barcelona 08005
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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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David Pérez-Castrillo

Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona ( email )

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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