Profit shifting and tax-rate uncertainty

Delis, M. D., Hasan, I. and Karavitis, P. I. (2019) Profit shifting and tax-rate uncertainty. Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, (doi: 10.1111/jbfa.12429) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Using firm‐level data for 1,084 parent firms in 24 countries and for 9,497 subsidiaries in 54 countries, we show that tax‐motivated profit shifting is larger among subsidiaries in countries that have stable corporate tax rates over time. Our findings further suggest that firms move away from transfer pricing and toward intragroup debt shifting that has lower adjustment costs. Our results are robust to several identification methods and respecifications, and they highlight the important role of tax‐rate uncertainty in the profit‐shifting decision while pointing to an adjustment away from more costly transfer pricing and toward debt shifting.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Karavitis, Dr Panagiotis
Authors: Delis, M. D., Hasan, I., and Karavitis, P. I.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
Journal Name:Journal of Business Finance and Accounting
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0306-686X
ISSN (Online):1468-5957
Published Online:21 December 2019

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