International Tax and Public Finance

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 397-417

First online:

Administrative corruption and taxation

  • Frank FlattersAffiliated withDepartment of Economics, Queeen's University
  • , W. Bentley MacleodAffiliated withUniversité de Montréal, C.R.D.E.

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Administrative corruption, whereby taxpayers and collectors collude to reduce remissions, is central to tax evasion in developing countries. A framework is developed for the analysis of such corruption, based on imperfect information concerning true tax liabilities. Some tolerance of corruption can be part of an efficient collection system, especially when there are constraints on government wages or effort is required to learn payers' tax liabilities. With variable collector effort a certain amount of corruption is required, together with a two-level penalty structuredismissal if revenue targets are not met and much heavier penalties for gross corruption.

Key words

corruption development taxes