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Tax avoidance and benefit manipulation: Views on its morality and prevalence

Baumberg Geiger, Ben, Reeves, Aaron, de Vries, Robert (2017) Tax avoidance and benefit manipulation: Views on its morality and prevalence. NatCen (KAR id:64017)


This chapter identifies a double standard in attitudes to tax avoidance and benefit manipulation: while around half or more regard both as wrong, benefit recipients are judged more harshly than tax offenders for what might be considered similar ‘offences’. This doublestandard varies across different groups: people in the highest income group and who are right-wing are less likely to say that tax avoidance is wrong, while people who hold liberal views are less likely to say that benefit manipulation is wrong. There has been a sudden drop in the perceived prevalence of benefit manipulation, which, if sustained, indicates a major shift in attitudes towards benefit claimants.

Item Type: Research report (external)
Uncontrolled keywords: benefit fraud; tax avoidance; benefits; social attitudes
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Robert De Vries
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2017 16:27 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 11:29 UTC
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