International tax & business 2016

Tax compliance and cultural values: The impact of individualism and collectivism on the behaviour of New Zealand small business owners

Source: Australian Tax Forum Journal Article

Published Date: 1 Jul 2016


Due to changes in immigration rules and globalisation, most developed countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America are becoming more culturally diverse. The consequence of cultural diversity challenges the present assumption of homogenous resident taxpayers. This leads to the need to examine existing tax policies and administration. Sparse research on tax compliance and culture also provides the rationale for an in depth qualitative study of ethnic small business taxpayers' compliance behaviours.

This study examines the attitudes and abilities of small business operators in New Zealand towards paying their taxes on time. The small business operators are categorised, using Statistics New Zealand categories, into New Zealand's four largest ethnic taxpayer groups: Europeans, Asians, Maori and Pacific peoples. The study adopts a qualitative research methodology and evaluates the taxpayers' behaviour through the lens of the cultural values of individualism and collectivism. The results of this study are relevant for tax administrators, academics and practitioners in New Zealand and also Australia, in view of the fact that Australia is also a multicultural nation.

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