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International Taxation and Cross-Border Banking

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  • Huizinga, Harry
  • Voget, Johannes
  • Wagner, Wolf

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This paper examines empirically how international taxation affects the volume and pricing of cross-border banking activities for a sample of banks in 38 countries over the 1998-2008 - period. Home country corporate income taxation of foreign-source bank income is found to reduce banking-sector FDI. Furthermore, such taxation is almost fully passed on into higher interest margins charged abroad. These results imply that international double taxation distorts the activities of international banks, and that the incidence of international double taxation of banks is on bank customers in the foreign subsidiary country. Our analysis informs the debate about additional taxation of the financial sector that has emerged in the wake of the recent financial crisis.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 8436.

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Keywords: Cross-border banking; Interest margins; International taxation;

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Cited by:
  1. Beck, T.H.L. & Huizinga, H.P., 2011. "Taxing banks – here we go again!," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-5046881, Tilburg University.
  2. Can Bertay, A. & Demirgüc-Kunt, A. & Huizinga, H.P., 2011. "Is the Financial Safety Net a Barrier to Cross-Border Banking?," Discussion Paper 2011-132, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  3. Copenhagen Economics, 2011. "Elasticities of Financial Instruments, Profits and Remuneration," Taxation Papers 30, Directorate General Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission.
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  5. Gaëtan Nicodème, 2008. "Corporate Income Tax and Economic Distortions," Working Papers CEB 08-033.RS, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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