Tax Evasion and the Shadow Economy

Tax Evasion and the Shadow Economy

Edited by Michael Pickhardt and Aloys Prinz

Leading scholars examine recent evidence from theoretical and empirical research on tax compliance and tax evasion, and provide an in-depth analysis of underlying methods. Strategies to fight tax evasion are evaluated and the motivations behind it are explored, as are the impact and size of the shadow economy in Europe. As well as promoting a better understanding of the issues, this book intends to stimulate further debate and, in so doing, broaden the exchange of ideas and concepts.

Chapter 4: Fiscal Awareness: A Study of Female versus Male Attitudes Towards Tax Fraud in Spain

Gloria Alarcón García, Arielle Beyaert and Laura de Pablos

Subjects: economics and finance, austrian economics, economic crime and corruption, public choice theory, public finance


Gloria Alarcón García, Arielle Beyaert and Laura de Pablos 4.1 INTRODUCTION: THE CONCEPT OF FISCAL AWARENESS When addressing the concept of fiscal awareness, we need, first of all, to highlight its close relation to fiscal ethics and fiscal morale. The three terms – fiscal awareness, fiscal ethics and fiscal morale – have traditionally been used to refer to the same concept. All three have been applied to the set of attitudes and behaviours of the taxpayer when complying with the Inland Revenue. Yet there are shades of meaning that need to be investigated. Tipke (2002, p. 22) defines tax ethics as ‘the theory which studies the morality of actions in tax matters performed by public, legislative, executive and legal powers, as well as by the taxpaying citizen’. Higuera Udías (1982) uses the terms fiscal ethics and fiscal morale indiscriminately and Rodríguez Duplá (2001) identifies ethics with moral philosophy. Álvarez García and Herrera Molina (2004) focus on the term fiscal ethics, which is addressed from various angles: ethics of the administration, ethics of the legislator, ethics of the taxpayer, ethics of judges, and even ethics of the tax consultant. In our opinion, fiscal ethics can be seen as an intercultural and universal concept that necessarily evolves extremely slowly over time. It refers to the universal values and principles that have to guide and to be present in the behaviour and the decisions of all the agents who intervene in the fiscal process; in modern democratic societies, these agents...

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