The problem of tax compliance is as old as the levying of taxes. Innovations in tax administration that induce high compliance rates at reasonable cost are extremely important to governments. In a column for VoxEU, CFD Director Professor Nathan Sussman and Professor Al Slivinski from the University of Western Ontario demonstrate how the taille, a tax collection mechanism from medieval Paris, raised compliance by turning the social cost of tax evasion into a private one. They furthermore show that this tax collection model is still relevant to governments today.
Read the entire column here on VoxEU. The column has been first published on VoxEU on 20 March 2019.
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