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Relocation of headquarters and international taxation

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  • Voget, Johannes

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About 6% of multinationals relocated their headquarters to another country in the 1997–2007 period. This paper presents empirical evidence on the role of taxes in these relocation decisions. It considers a sample of 140 multinationals that relocated their headquarters over the past decade and compares them to a control group of 1943 multinationals that did not relocate. It is found that the additional tax due in the home country upon repatriation of foreign profits has a positive effect on the probability of relocation. The empirical results suggest that an increase in the repatriation tax by 10 percentage points would raise the share of relocating multinationals by 2.2 percentage points, equivalent to an increase in the number of relocations by more than one third. Furthermore, the presence of controlled foreign corporation legislation also has a positive effect on the number of relocations.

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  • Voget, Johannes, 2011. "Relocation of headquarters and international taxation," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(9), pages 1067-1081.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:95:y:2011:i:9:p:1067-1081
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2010.11.019
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    Keywords

    International taxation; Location of headquarters; Controlled foreign corporation; Corporate inversion; Multinational corporations;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • H32 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Firm

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