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Trust and power as predictors to tax compliance: Global evidence

Vol. 12, No 2, 2019

Abdulsalam Mas’ud,

 

Universiti Utara Malaysia,

Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia,

E-mail: abdulsalam@uum.edu.my

Trust and power as predictors to tax compliance: Global evidence

 

Nor Aziah Abd Manaf,

 

Universiti Utara Malaysia,

Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia,

E-mail: aziah960@uum.edu.my


Natrah Saad,

 

Universiti Utara Malaysia,

Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia,

E-mail: natrah@uum.edu.my

*Corresponding Author

 


 


 

Abstract. Slippery Slope Framework has attracted exceptional attention from researchers in economic psychology and taxation field through validation by renowned scholars via variety of surveys and experimental designs. However, application of cross-sectional analysis in validating the framework has been scant, the available studies being focused on a single continent only. This study aims to test the assumptions of “Slippery Slope Framework” through examination of the influence of trust in authorities and power of authorities on tax compliance globally. The sample of 158 countries was selected as of 2016. Data was analyzed through Ordinary Least Squares Regression Analysis. The results reveal that trust in authorities significantly influences tax compliance, but power of authorities does not. Additionally, the interaction effect of trust and power on tax compliance has not been established through this cross-country analysis. Practically, the results suggest that authorities should ensure judicious use of taxpayer monies in the provision of public goods and services, and also fairness and equity among taxpayers. Eventually, these will enhance trust and improve tax compliance. Theoretically, the study calls for disaggregation analyses where each continent will be studied individually for replication of these findings and establishing the interaction effect wherever possible.

 

Received: September, 2018

1st Revision: March, 2019

Accepted: May, 2019

 

DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2019/12-2/11

JEL ClassificationH2, H24, H25, H26

Keywords: power, slippery slope framework, tax compliance, trust