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15 eJTR 190 (2017)
Corruption, Taxes and Compliance

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eJournal of Tax Research (2017) vol 15, no. 2, pp. 190-216

Corruption, taxes and compliance

Anja Baum,' Sanjeev Gupta,2 Elijah Kimani3 and Sampawende Jules Tapsoba4

This article revisits the effects of corruption on the state's capacity to raise revenue, building on the existing empirical
literature using new and more disaggregated data. We use a comprehensive dataset for 147 countries spanning 1995-2014,
compiled by the International Monetary Fund. The study finds that-consistent with the existing literature-corruption is
negatively associated with overall tax revenue, and most of its components. This relationship is predominantly influenced by
the way corruption interacts with tax compliance. The establishment of large taxpayer offices within revenue administrations
improves tax compliance by dampening the perception of corruption, thereby boosting revenue.

Keywords: taxation, compliance, corruption

Anja Baum, Economist at the IMF, abaum@imf.org.
2 Sanjeev Gupta, Deputy Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF, sgupta@imf.org.
Elijah Kimani, Graduate Student, Princeton University, elijahkimanil7@gmail.com.
4 Sampawende Jules Tapsoba, Economist at the IMF, stapsoba@imf org. We would like to thank Vitor
Gaspar, Michael Keen, Paolo Mauro, Kevin Greenidge, Ashvin Ahuja, Davide Furceri, Claudia Berg,
Suhaib Kebhaj, Carlos Goncalves, Antonio Spilimbergo, Santiago Acosta Ormaechea, Ricardo Llaudes,
and John Ralyea for their helpful comments, as well as participants of the IMF's Fiscal Affairs
Department seminar for their insightful comments. We are grateful to Mark Albertson for his research

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