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Taxpayers’ perceptions on tax evasion behaviour: an empirical study in Malaysia

Chan Pui Yee (Department of Accounting, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kampar, Malaysia)
Krishna Moorthy (Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kampar, Malaysia)
William Choo Keng Soon (Department of Finance, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kampar, Malaysia)

International Journal of Law and Management

ISSN: 1754-243X

Article publication date: 8 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The success of self-assessment tax system is voluntary compliance with the tax laws. When tax evasion is seen as unacceptable, taxpayers will tend to evade tax less. Hence, the understanding of taxpayers’ attitude on tax morality towards a tax system has to be enhanced to minimize tax evasion cases. The purposes of this study are to examine the relationship between tax fairness, tax knowledge, enforcement level and social exchange towards taxpayers’ attitude of tax morality under the self-assessment system in Malaysia and also to identify the relationship between taxpayers’ attitude of tax morality and taxpayers’ perceptions on tax evasion.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from 400 taxpayers through a questionnaire and analysed.

Findings

From the analysis, it has been found out that tax knowledge is the most important tax system characteristic that affects taxpayers’ attitude of tax morality. In addition, taxpayers’ attitude of tax morality is significant to taxpayers’ perceptions on tax evasion in Malaysia.

Originality/value

The findings of this study would be useful for the government to further improve the present tax system to increase voluntary tax compliance.

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Citation

Pui Yee, C., Moorthy, K. and Choo Keng Soon, W. (2017), "Taxpayers’ perceptions on tax evasion behaviour: an empirical study in Malaysia", International Journal of Law and Management, Vol. 59 No. 3, pp. 413-429. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLMA-02-2016-0022

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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