Tax policy and the news: An empirical analysis of taxpayers' perceptions of tax-related media coverage and its impact on tax compliance

Matthias Kasper*, Christoph Kogler, Erich Kirchler

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Abstract

Using a survey-based experiment, this paper examines how tax authorities' attributes of trust and power, when featured in the media, impact intended tax compliance. We apply excerpts from newspaper coverage on tax issues to manipulate the trustworthiness and power of tax authorities in Austria and assess intended compliance. The experimental treatment shows significant effects on indicated trust, perceived power of tax authorities, and intended tax compliance. Moreover, we observe a strong positive effect of participants' education on indicated trust. (C) 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-63
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics
Volume54
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Tax compliance
  • Trust
  • Power
  • Slippery slope framework
  • Tax policy
  • Media coverage
  • SLIPPERY SLOPE FRAMEWORK
  • NEWSPAPERS
  • BEHAVIOR
  • EVASION
  • TRUST
  • POWER

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