TAX ENFORCEMENT USING A HYBRID BETWEEN SELF- AND THIRD-PARTY REPORTING

Aug 2019 | 876

Authors: Sarah Clifford Panos Mavrokonstantis


We study behavioural responses to a widely-used tax enforcement policy that combines ele¬ments of self- and third-party reporting. Taxpayers self-report to the tax authority but must file documentation issued by a third-party to corroborate their claims. Exploiting salary-dependent cutoffs governing documentation requirements when claiming deductions for charitable contribu¬tions in Cyprus, we estimate that deductions increase by £0.7 when taxpayers can claim £1 more without documentation. Second, using a reform that retroactively shifted a threshold activating documentation requirements, we estimate that at least 64% of the response is purely a reporting adjustment. Finally, reporting thresholds affect the responsiveness to tax subsidies.

Keywords: Tax enforcement, Tax compliance, Charitable giving, Tax design


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