Notes et baromètres

The tax and regulatory causes of the underground economy

Economic Note

Working « under the table, » together with tax fraud and illicit trafficking in various items, has been a focus of debate since the start of the crisis that hit most developed countries. Repressive measures have been implemented or are being discussed at the national and international levels.

However, these measures fail to attack the real causes of the underground economy. If it were to decline or disappear without any change in regulations or taxes, this could, paradoxically, end up penalising the official economy. The only lasting solution is to liberate the legal market.

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« Each time the public authorities prohibit a product on the official market, they create opportunities on the black market. And each time they decide to raise taxes or tighten regulations, they make illicit trafficking and the shadow economy more profitable. »

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