Date of Award

Winter 12-1996

Document Type


Degree Name

Honors College Theses

First Advisor

Dr. Mary Alice Gray Darby

Second Advisor

Dr. Rogers J. Newman

Third Advisor

Dr. Beverly Wade


This thesis will explore the effect that education of income tax laws would have on the increase of taxpayer compliance. It will attempt to show that with proper education and information about their income tax reporting an increase in compliance would be the result. The research that will be used for data and statistical purposes will be in the form of a survey. The survey targets Beauty Salons, Barber Shops, and Beauty Schools. This survey will serve as the medium to research the notion of how much income taxpayers actually report. Other social and economic factors such as age, sex, race, marital status, educational level, and number of dependents in a household will also be used to determine how these factors effect income reporting. Experimental data and research articles from magazines, books, journals, and government documents have also been used in this study. This information will be used to discuss the educational aspect of the hypothesis. This research will attempt to show that with education, tax compliance seminars and programs, this would in turn increase tax compliance and decrease the amount of money spent for federal audits and collection processes.

Included in

Taxation Commons