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Do Large Companies Have Lower Effective Corporate Tax Rates? A European Survey

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  • Gaëtan Nicodème

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The current debate in corporate taxation is focusing on leveling the tax playing field within the European Union for companies operating across-countries. However, tax burdens could also vary with the size of companies within the same country, raising the question whether large companies pay their share of the burden. This paper uses firm-level data for 21 European countries between 1992 and 2004. The paper finds a robust negative correlation between the number of employees and the effective tax burden of companies. This result tends to validate theories arguing that large companies may enjoy a lower tax burden. As a caveat, using total assets as size variable produces a positive relationship. This relationship is however less robust and less economically significant.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series Working Papers CEB with number 07-001.RS.

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Length: 33 p.
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:sol:wpaper:07-001

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Keywords: Corporate taxation; Effective tax rates; political power; political cost.;

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  1. European Commission, 2012. "Tax reforms in EU Member States - Tax policy challenges for economic growth and fiscal sustainability – 2012 Report," Taxation Papers 34, Directorate General Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission.
  2. Marcin Piatkowski & Mariusz Jarmuzek, 2008. "Zero Corporate Income Tax in Moldova," IMF Working Papers 08/203, International Monetary Fund.

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