Complexity, Compliance Costs and Non-Compliance with VAT by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Bangladesh: Is there a Relationship?
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The Value Added Tax (VAT), which has existed for 24 years in Bangladesh, has contributed some 37% on average to total tax revenue over the last 15 years (Saleheen, 2012; National Board of Revenue, 2014). Although, the introduction of a VAT has increased tax revenues and expanded the tax base in Bangladesh, many small and medium enterprise (SME) taxpayers do not comply with the VAT legislation, not only failing to register with the tax authorities as taxpayers but also failing to pay the VAT (Faridy et al., 2014; The Centre for Policy Dialogue, 2014). This non-compliance by SMEs could be intentional or unintentional (NBR, 2011; McKerchar, 2003). Also it may be due to excessive compliance costs (Abdul-Jabbar & Pope, 2009; Governance Institutes Network International, 2014), which could be a result of real or perceived legislative or administrative complexity (Yesegat, 2009), to inefficient VAT administration (Barbone et al., 2012), or to other factors. Alternatively, SME non- compliance could be due to ineffective or under-enforcement of the VAT legislation by the Bangladeshi tax authorities (Saleheen, 2013c).
Thesis (PhD Doctorate)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Griffith Business School
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Value Added Tax (VAT)
Non-compliance with VAT, Bangladesh
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Bangladesh