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Interest Rates, Taxes and Corporate Financial Policies

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  • Gordon, Roger
  • Lee, Young

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This paper investigates the combined effect of nominal interest rates and taxes on the use and maturity structure of corporate debt. The net tax gain from use of corporate debt is proportional to nominal interest rates, so that behavioral responses should be larger when interest rates are higher. For similar reasons, firms should shift towards more long–term debt as long–term rates rise relative to short–term rates. Our paper presents evidence consistent with both predictions, using corporate and personal tax return data from the U.S. Statistics of Income (SOI).

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Article provided by National Tax Association in its journal National Tax Journal.

Volume (Year): 60 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 65-84

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Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:60:y:2007:i:1:p:65-84

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  1. Strulik, Holger & Trimborn, Timo, 2012. "Laffer strikes again: Dynamic scoring of capital taxes," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 56(6), pages 1180-1199.
  2. Miglo, Anton & Liang, Shuting & Lee, Zhenting, 2014. "Capital Structure of Internet Companies: Case Study," MPRA Paper 56330, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Lars P. Feld & Jost Henrich Heckemeyer & Michael Overesch, 2011. "Capital Structure Choice and Company Taxation: A Meta-Study," CESifo Working Paper Series 3400, CESifo Group Munich.
  4. Pfaffermayr, Michael & Stoeckl, Matthias & Winner, Hannes, 2009. "Capital structure, corporate taxation and firm age," Working Papers in Economics and Finance 2009-4, University of Salzburg.
  5. Stefan Lutz, 2012. "Effects of taxation on European multi-nationals’ financing and profits," The School of Economics Discussion Paper Series 1214, Economics, The University of Manchester.
  6. Strulik, Holger & Trimborn, Timo, 2008. "Anticipated Tax Reforms and Temporary Tax Cuts: A General Equilibrium Analysis," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-406, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
  7. Miglo, Anton, 2012. "Managers versus students: new approach in improving capital structure education," MPRA Paper 46695, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  8. Dreßler, Daniel & Scheuering, Uwe, 2012. "Empirical evaluation of interest barrier effects," ZEW Discussion Papers 12-046, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  9. Miglo, Anton, 2010. "The Pecking Order, Trade-off, Signaling, and Market-Timing Theories of Capital Structure: a Review," MPRA Paper 46691, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2013.

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