Preconditions of Voluntary Tax Compliance: Knowledge and Evaluation of Taxation, Norms, Fairness, and Motivation to Cooperate

Eva Hofmann, Erik Hoelzl, Erich Kirchler

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    Abstract

    Taxpayers' willingness to cooperate with the state and its institutions, in general, and their willingness to pay taxes, in particular, depend on a variety of variables. While economists stress the relevance of external variables such as tax rate, income, and probability of audits and severity of fines, psychological research shows that internal variables are of similar importance. We present a comprehensive review on the relevance of citizens' knowledge of tax law, their attitudes toward the government and taxation, personal norms, perceived social norms and fairness, as well as motivational tendencies to comply, and discuss possibilities for strategic intervention to increase tax compliance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)209-217
    JournalJournal of Psychology (Zeitschrift fuer Psychologie mit Zeitschrift fuer Angewandte Psychologie)
    Volume216
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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