The Impact of Outcome Orientation and Justice Concerns on Tax Compliance: The Role of Taxpayers Identity

Michael Wenzel

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    Abstract

    Previous research has yielded inconsistent evidence for the impact of justice perceptions on tax compliance. This article suggests a more differentiated view on the basis of 2 congenial theories of procedural and distributive justice. The group-value model and a categorization approach argue that taxpayers are more concerned about justice and less about personal outcomes when they identify strongly with the inclusive category within which procedures and distributions apply. Regression analyses of survey data from 2,040 Australian citizens showed that 2 forms of tax compliance (pay-income reporting and tax minimization) were determined by self-interest variables. For 2 other forms (nonpay income and deductions), inclusive identification had an additional effect and moderated the effects of self-interest and justice variables as predicted.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)629-645
    JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
    Volume87
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

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