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The impact of online SERVQUAL dimensions on certified accountant satisfaction: The case of taxation services

José Carlos Pinho (School of Economics and Business, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal)
Isabel Maria Macedo (School of Economics and Business, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal)
Albertina Paula Monteiro (School of Economics and Business, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal)

EuroMed Journal of Business

ISSN: 1450-2194

Article publication date: 12 October 2007

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to test the adequacy of SERVQUAL within the context of public online services, more specifically those provided by the Department of Taxation through its web‐based electronic declaration system.

Design/methodology/approach

Following a quantitative methodological approach, a survey was applied to a sample of 351 certified accountants to empirically test the conceptual model. A first order confirmatory factor analysis was used to test the validity of different SERVQUAL online dimensions while multiple regression analysis was used to test the proposed hypotheses.

Findings

Overall, the study finds that Certified Accountants revealed a low perceived quality with regard to empathy and responsiveness. Instead, tangibility, reliability and security were the SERVQUAL dimensions which were favourably evaluated by Certified Accountants. The study also revealed that empathy, tangibility and convenience were those dimensions that better contributed towards satisfaction.

Practical implications

This study offers the opportunity to rethink how the Portuguese Department of taxation website provides online services and how it conforms to rigorous quality standards in order to assist users in complying with fiscal obligations.

Originality/value

This study provides an empirical test regarding the adequacy of the SERVQUAL instrument for assessing service quality of online taxation services as perceived by Certified Accountants. It also validates this instrument in the specific context of taxation services of the Portuguese public sector.

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Citation

Carlos Pinho, J., Macedo, I.M. and Monteiro, A.P. (2007), "The impact of online SERVQUAL dimensions on certified accountant satisfaction: The case of taxation services", EuroMed Journal of Business, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 154-172. https://doi.org/10.1108/14502190710826031

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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