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Title:

Upper tail of the income distribution in tax records and survey data. Evidence from Poland

Group publication title:

Argumenta Oeconomica

Creator:

Kośny, Marek

Subject and Keywords:

affluence ; top incomes ; survey data ; tax records

Description:

Argumenta Oeconomica, 2019, Nr 1 (42), s. 55-80

Abstrakt:

Growing interest in the situation of the rich and in changes in the upper tail of the income distribution entails search for specialized sources of data. The majority of available data come from surveys, which are burdened with the problem of the reluctance of the rich to reveal their income and assets. This is the incentive to look for alternative data sources. One of such sources are tax records. Irrespective of their credibility (limited by tax avoidance and tax evasion), the crucial feature of data collected by tax offices is its completeness for the population of taxpayers: refusal to file a tax return or providing false information is punishable by law. The paper compares the data gathered within the Household Budget Survey, which is commonly used for research and administrative purposes in Poland, with the complete dataset of tax records for Dolnośląskie province (over 2 million taxpayers). Analyses show large discrepancies in the results obtained for both datasets in the upper tail of the income distribution. The observed differences are important for the proper assessment of the actual situation of the rich

Publisher:

Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Ekonomicznego we Wrocławiu

Place of publication:

Wrocław

Date:

2019

Resource Type:

artykuł

Resource Identifier:

doi:10.15611/aoe.2019.1.03

Language:

eng

Relation:

Argumenta Oeconomica, 2019, Nr 1 (42)

Rights:

Wszystkie prawa zastrzeżone (Copyright)

Access Rights:

Dla wszystkich w zakresie dozwolonego użytku

Location:

Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny we Wrocławiu