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Why is the Corporation Tax Not Neutral?. Anticipated Tax Reform, Investment Spurts and Corporate Borrowing

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  • Luis Alvarez
  • Vesa Kanniainen
  • Jan Södersten

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The paper shows that a corporate tax policy which is thought to be neutral may have significant incentive effects. This result is established in a model with tax advantage to debt and expectations about a forthcoming tax reform. Investment spurt effects are established and compared to those of a firm with equity finance. A tax-cut cum base-broadening tax reform which leaves the long-run investment incentives of an all-equity firm unaffected is shown to cause a substantial short run investment hike. The findings are illustrated by numerical simulations indicating the magnitudes of the spurt effects.

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Article provided by Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen in its journal FinanzArchiv.

Volume (Year): 56 (1999)
Issue (Month): 3/4 (July)
Pages: 285-

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Handle: RePEc:mhr:finarc:urn:sici:0015-2218(200007)56:3/4_285:witctn_2.0.tx_2-d

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  1. Seppo Kari & Hanna Karikallio & Jukka Pirttilä, 2008. "Anticipating Tax Change: Evidence from the Finnish Corporate Income Tax Reform of 2005," CESifo Working Paper Series 2201, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Luis H. R. Alvarez & Erkki Koskela, 2005. "Progressive Taxation and Irreversible Investment under Uncertainty," CESifo Working Paper Series 1377, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Chang Woon Nam, 2001. "Effects of Tax Depreciation Rules on Firms' Investment Decisions in an Inflationary Phase: Comparison of Net Present Values in Selected OECD Countries," CESifo Working Paper Series 528, CESifo Group Munich.

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