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Behavioural responses to corporate profit taxation

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  • John Creedy

    () (University of Melbourne)

  • Norman Gemmell

    () (University of Nottingham)

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This paper examines behavioural responses by companies to changes in profit taxation in their home country. The elasticity of tax revenue with respect to changes in the corporation tax rate are decomposed into a variety of responses. As well as distinguising real from profit-shifting responses, it is important to separate the responses of gross profits from those of deductions (such as claims for past or current losses) where these are endogenously related to gross profits declared at home. This endogeneous response can be expected to differ over the business cycle, which can be important for empirical estimates of aggregate behavioural responses especially, but not exclusively, during cyclical downturns. It is suggested that the revenue elasticity can be expected to be asymmetrical between periods of aboveand below-trend growth, arising from the asymmetric treatment of losses by the tax function.

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  • John Creedy & Norman Gemmell, 2010. "Behavioural responses to corporate profit taxation," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, vol. 193(2), pages 109-130, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:hpe:journl:y:2010:v:193:i:2:p:109-130
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    Keywords

    Corporation tax; profit shifting; revenue elasticity; tax asymmetries;

    JEL classification:

    • 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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