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Heinemann, Friedrich; Kocher, Martin G. (April 2013): Tax compliance under tax regime changes. In: International Tax and Public Finance, Vol. 20, No. 2: pp. 225-246

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In this paper we focus on the compliance effects of tax regime changes. According to the economic model of tax evasion, a tax reform should affect compliance through its impact on tax rates and incentives. Our findings demonstrate the importance of at least two further effects not covered by the traditional model: First, reform losers tend to evade more taxes after the reform. Second, a reform from a proportionate to a progressive system decreases compliance compared to a switch in the reverse direction. However, the level of compliance is generally higher under a progressive than under a proportionate regime.

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