Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/146953
Authors: 
Asatryan, Zareh
Peichl, Andreas
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 16-065
Abstract: 
Using panel data on the full population of corporate tax returns of Armenian firms, we study the behavioral response of firms to three size-dependent regulations. We find: i) a strong response to an accounting notch where International Financial Reporting Standards become mandatory; ii) a moderate response to an administrative notch below which the frequency of filing and paying taxes declines from monthly to quarterly; and iii) no response to a tax notch created by the registration threshold of the value added tax. Exploiting tax audits, we provide evidence suggesting that income under-reporting drives the bunching response of firms by between 60 and 100 percent. Additional evidence suggests that firms respond to tax audits by compensating every additional dollar of audit driven increase in reported income by a 0.7-0.8 dollar increase in reported deductions.
Subjects: 
small and medium enterprises
size-dependent regulation
value added tax
tax administration
tax accounting
tax evasion
JEL: 
H25
H26
O12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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