Psychological Factors of Tax Compliance



This study aims to clarify and conceptualize the socio-psychological factors of tax compliance. The author supports the thesis of the behavioral economics school that the standard model of deterrence is a useful starting point for understanding taxpayer motivations and behavior. But her theses, which are generally correct, do not fully take into account the data of other humanities about the importance of non-economic (social, psychological) motivations for tax compliance. Therefore, the standard model has to be extended and supplemented with numerous non-economic factors affecting tax compliance. Each taxpayer is strongly influenced by its environment, including norms, values, attitudes and customs, as well as the taxpayer's interactions with the tax authorities. Therefore, the actual mechanisms of tax compliance are always much more complex, and people’s perceptions of taxes are more than a rational comparison of individual costs and benefits.

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Keywords: tax compliance, standard deterrence theory, homo economicus, tax morality, social norms

Journal rubric: Interdisciplinary Studies

Article type: scientific article


Funding. The reported study was funded by Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), project number 20-011-00080 “Tax Сompliance and Legal Ways for Its Maintaining”

Received: 01.09.2021


For citation: Demin A.V. Psychological Factors of Tax Compliance [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2023. Vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 170–178. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2023130112. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Alexander V. Demin, Doctor of Law, Docent, Professor, Department of Business, Competition and Financial Law, Institute of Law, Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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