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Taxes and Financial Reporting: Evidence from Discretionary Investment Write-Offs in Italy

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  • Giampaolo Arachi
  • Valeria Bucci

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This paper provides further empirical evidence on the relationship between taxes and financial reporting by focusing on accounting decisions to write-offs equity investments. The analysis is based on panel data for Italian companies. In the period 1998-2006 the Italian corporate income tax has been reformed several times. In particular the tax deductibility of write-offs of equity investment was repealed in 2004. The paper exploits the ensuing high cross-sectional and times series variation in the marginal tax rate to identify tax effects. The econometric analysis delivers strong evidence that taxes affect the probability of write-offs. In contrast there is no evidence that taxes affect the magnitude of the write-offs. The paper also tests for the existence of a trade-off between tax minimization and non tax costs such as financial reporting costs and agency costs. Surprisingly, the evidence of such trade-off is rather weak.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 3261.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_3261

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Keywords: corporate taxation; write-offs of equity investments; financial reporting; tax planning;

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  1. MacKie-Mason, Jeffrey K, 1990. " Do Taxes Affect Corporate Financing Decisions?," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 45(5), pages 1471-93, December.
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