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Athanasios O. Tagkalakis
''The direct and indirect effects of audits on the tax revenue in Greece''
( 2014, Vol. 34 No.2 )
This paper uses recently unveiled monthly information from the Hellenic Ministry of Finance on tax audits targeted to large enterprises, high wealth individuals and VAT non-filers and finds evidence that an increase in the number of audits can boost revenue performance. A 1 percent increase in the number of tax audits increases the direct revenue yield of audits by about 0.4 percent. The indirect tax revenue effect of an intensification of tax audits is estimated to be 0.1 percent. The intensification of targeted audits, as well as improvements in the collection of taxes and fines can tackle tax evasion and boost revenue performance, contributing, thus, to the fiscal consolidation effort.
Keywords: audits; tax administration; reform; taxes; fines
JEL: H2 - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue: General
K4 - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior: General
Manuscript Received : Mar 10 2014 Manuscript Accepted : May 08 2014

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