International Financial Law Prof Blog

Editor: William Byrnes
Texas A&M University
School of Law

Friday, February 12, 2021

What drives people and businesses to pay taxes?

Unlocking what drives tax morale – the intrinsic willingness to pay tax – can greatly assist governments in the design of tax policies and their administration, particularly in developing countries where compliance rates are low. However, voluntary compliance is not only determined by tax rates or the threat of penalties, but also by a wide range of socio-economic factors – such as age, gender, education levels – and institutional factors – such as perception of the tax administration and complexity of the tax system – all of which vary across regions and populations. While much remains to be done to build a sustainable taxpaying culture, a greater focus on tax morale can provide a route to increased voluntary compliance, for a tax system that is fair and equitable for all taxpayers around the globe. More information on our work on tax morale:

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