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Title: Tax compliance in immigrant communities : Bangladeshis in the UK
Author: Akhand, Z.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7654 8160
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis employs Bourdieu's theory of practice to explore small immigrant business owners' adaptation to the host country's income tax system. In doing this, the thesis applies a sociological perspective in the theorizing and study of their tax compliance behaviour. Drawing on a survey (N=101) and in-depth interviews (N=27) with Bangladeshi family business owners and their tax advisers in the UK, this thesis demonstrates that immigrant business owners' engagement with the host country's tax system is grounded in the sociocultural status they inherit from their country of origin, even though their social class positions in the new society unconsciously condition and impact on how they practise tax compliance. Findings suggest that the power relations inherent in the tax professional-taxpayer relationship act as a critical factor in the reproduction and transformation of immigrant business owners' moral disposition towards compliance with tax laws. The thesis argues that the ways small Bangladeshi family business owners think, feel and act in their approach to tax compliance is likely to differ not only from those of native business communities but also from those of other immigrant communities in the UK.
Supervisor: Oats, L. ; Morris, G. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Tax Compliance ; Tax Complexity ; Tax Risk Management ; Family Business ; Immigrant Communities ; Bourdieu's Theory of Practice ; British Bangladeshis