Territorial vs. Worldwide Corporate Taxation: Implications for Developing Countries?
AbstractGlobal investment patterns mean that effective taxation of foreign investors is of increasing importance to the economies of lower income countries. It is thus of considerable concern that the historical framework for cross-border income tax arrangements is not always well suited to allow low-income countries effectively to generate tax revenues from profits on foreign direct investment. Several aspects of this framework contribute to the problem. This paper discusses, in particular, the likely effect of a shift by major economies from the system of worldwide corporate taxation toward a territorial system on the volume, distribution and financing of FDI, focusing on low-income countries (LICs). It then empirically analyzes bilateral outbound FDI data for the UK for 2002-2010 to determine whether the move to territoriality made corporations more sensitive to host-country statutory tax rates. Supporting evidence for this hypothesis is found for FDI financed from new equity.
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Date of creation: 04 May 2013
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