Tax evasion by misinforming withholding agents

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This article inquires into a wage earner's decision to evade taxes by splitting his or her work efforts between several jobs while misinforming his or her employers regarding employment elsewhere. Under exact or approximate withholding by progressive marginal rates, this behavior, accompanied by the failure to file a tax return, results in the application of lower tax brackets to earnings. This article characterizes the properties of the worker's effort allocation problem under progressive withholding, showing that exact withholding, considered to be more costly to administer than approximate withholding, might also be, contrary to common belief, equally and even more evadable than the latter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-375
Number of pages14
JournalPublic Finance Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1998
Externally publishedYes


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