The compliance model is a structured way of understanding and improving taxpayer compliance. It helps us to understand the factors that influence taxpayer behaviour and to apply the most appropriate compliance strategy.
Taxpayer compliance behaviour is influenced by many factors - business, industry, sociological, economic and psychological.
The compliance model shows a continuum of taxpayer attitudes towards compliance. At the base of the continuum, taxpayers have the desired attitude of being 'willing to do the right thing'. At the other extreme, taxpayers have decided not to comply - choosing to evade or opt out of the tax system.
The compliance model also summarises the different sorts of support and intervention that we may need to provide to collect the required revenue. The model suggests that the ATO has the ability to influence taxpayer behaviour through our response and interaction.
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