No SDES-2014-1
Title A theory of strategic auditing: How should we select one member from a homogeneous group?
Author Yoshio Kamijo
Abstract This paper theoretically analyzes an audit rule that selects a taxpayer for an audit based on the reported income profile and creates strategic interdependence. Such strategic auditing contrasts with the random auditing rule. This paper proposes the lowest-reporter-audited rule. This rule ensures that the taxpayer with the lowest reported income is inspected from a group of taxpayers that are categorized according to factors such as social status, income level, occupation, and place of residence. We show that, under a realistic penalty rate condition, the lowest-reporter-audited rule is superior to the random audit rule.
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