The economics of tax evasion: theories and emprirical evidences

This paper provides an overview of the findings of the theoretical and empirical literature on tax evasion. After we define tax evasion, as opposed to tax avoidance, and analyze the question of the tax evasion measurement, we discuss the Allingham and Sandmo's basic model on tax evasion, with a brief review of its numerous extensions, we deal with the effects of tax enforcement policy on the decision to evade taxes, and, finally, we survey the empirical evidence on taxpayer compliance and the tax gap produced for the taxpayer behavior.

tax evasion; tax avoidance; income tax; tax enforcement policy

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