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The IRS seeks to help taxpayers comply with their tax obligations voluntarily and timely. The articles and publications on this page contain research related to taxpayer compliance. Compliance measurement research, also known as the tax gap, examines how much tax is not paid voluntarily and timely. Another set of research looks at the causes of taxpayer compliance.

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Tax Gap

Federal Tax Compliance Research: Individual Income Tax Gap Estimates for 1985, 1988, and 1992

Author:

IRS, Compliance Research

Publication date: April 1996, revised
Written for:

Publication 1415

Federal Tax Compliance Research: Gross and Net Employment Tax Gap Estimates for 1984-1997

Author:

IRS, Research Division

Publication date: October 1993, revised
Written for: Publication 1415-E

Income Tax Compliance Research: Net Tax Gap and Remittance Gap Estimates

Author:

IRS Research Division

Publication date: April 1990, revised
Written for:

Publication 1415


Compliance Analysis

Statistical Analysis of Compliance Using the NRP Data: Detection Controlled Models

Author:

Jonathan Feinstein
Yale University

Publication date: June 2004
Written for: 2004 IRS Research Conference
       
Trends as Changes in Variance: The Case of Tax Noncompliance
Author: Kim M. Bloomquist
IRS
Publication date: June 2003
Written for: 2003 IRS Research Conference
                                                   
IRS's Comprehensive Approach to Compliance Measurement
Authors: Robert E. Brown, IRS, National Research Program,
Mark J. Mazur, IRS, Research, Analysis, and Statistics
Publication date: June 2003
Written for: 2003 National Tax Association Spring Symposium
                                                  
Developing an Econometric Model for Measuring Tax Noncompliance Using Operational Audit Data
Authors: Brian Erard, B. Erard and Associates,
Chih-Chin Ho, IRS
Publication date: August 2002
Written for: 2002 American Statistical Association Conference
                                                                 
Compliance Estimates for Earned Income Tax Credit Claimed on 1999 Returns
Author: IRS
Publication date: June 2002
Written for: 2002 IRS Research Conference
                                                  
Compliance Measurement and Workload Selection with Operational Audit Data
Author: Brian Erard, B. Erard and Associates
Publication date: June 2002
Written for: 2002 IRS Research Conference
                                  
Trends in Book-Tax Income and Balance Sheet Differences
Authors:

Lillian Mills and Kaye Newberry, University of Arizona,
William B. Trautman, IRS, Large and Mid-Size Business Division

Publication date: June 2002
Written for: 2002 IRS Research Conference
                                        
Nonfiler Profiles, Fiscal Year 1993: A Focus on Repeaters
Author: Laura R. Rosage
IRS
Publication date: 1996
Written for: SOI Bulletin, Summer Issue
                                                


Determinants of Taxpayer Compliance

Audit Information Dissemination, Taxpayer Communication, and Compliance: An Experimental Approach
Authors:

James Alm, Georgia State University,
Betty Jackson, University of Colorado at Boulder,
Michael McKee, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Publication date: June 2004 
Written for: 2004 IRS Research Conference 
    
                          
Criminal Investigation Enforcement Activities and Taxpayer Noncompliance
Author:

Jeffrey Dubin
California Institute of Technology

Publication date: June 2004
Written for: 2004 IRS Research Conference
                                                   
Tax Evasion, Income Inequality and Opportunity Costs of Compliance
Author: Kim M. Bloomquist,
IRS, Office of Research
Publication date: November 2003
Written for: 2003 National Tax Association Annual Conference
                                                  
Economic and Behavioral Determinants of Tax Compliance: Evidence from the 1997 Arkansas Tax Penalty Amnesty Program
Authors: Christina M. Ritsema, Hope College,
Deborah W. Thomas and Gary D. Ferrier, University of Arkansas
Publication date: June 2003
Written for: 2003 IRS Research Conference
                                                                 
The Impact of the IRS on Voluntary Tax Compliance: Preliminary Empirical Results
Author: Alan H. Plumley, Technical Advisor,
IRS, Office of Research
Publication date: November 2002
Written for: 2002 National Tax Association Conference
                                                  
The Determinants of Individual Income Tax Compliance: Estimating the Impacts of Tax Policy, Enforcement and IRS Responsiveness
Author: Alan H. Plumley, Technical Advisor,
IRS, Office of Research
Publication date: November 1996, revised
Written for: IRS Publication 1916



 

 

 

  

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