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Title: The personal characteristics that influence tax auditors' conciliatory style: an empirical study
Authors: Zarifah Syahirah Nordin, Izlawanie Muhammad
Kalsom Abd. Wahab, Nor Asiah Yaakub
Keywords: Conciliatory style, dispute resolution, enforcement regulatory style, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia, personal characteristics, tax auditors
Issue Date: Jun-2017
Publisher: Universita Putra Malaysia
Series/Report no.: Volume 25,;No. 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT The way a tax auditor deals with taxpayers can give an impact on audit settlement outcomes. Qualitative studies show that tax auditors often use the conciliatory style as a strategy to resolve disputes because it expedites audit settlement and promotes longterm compliance. However, there is no study that has empirically examined the factors that influence tax auditors’ conciliatory style. This study aims to examine the influence of personal characteristics i.e. attitude towards achieving goals, experience and ethical ideology on tax auditors’ conciliatory style in resolving audit settlement disputes. Six hundred and thirty-six questionnaires (63.6% of response rate) were usable for data analysis. The results revealed that all the personal characteristics surveyed significantly influenced tax auditors’ conciliatory style. This study can extend the literature on tax auditors’ behaviour and facilitate the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia in better understanding their auditors.
Appears in Collections:Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities

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