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Share repurchases

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  • Philip Shirley

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The UK government recently introduced legislation to treat the qualifying distribution on a repurchase of shares in the same way as ‘foreign income dividends’. This paper examines and criticises this reform from two perspectives. First, there is no underlying rationale for such an approach. Second, the legislation moves the tax system further away from simplification. A better approach would have been to remove the advance corporation tax (ACT) charge on a repurchase.

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  • Philip Shirley, 1997. "Share repurchases," Fiscal Studies, Institute for Fiscal Studies, vol. 18(2), pages 211-221, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:ifs:fistud:v:18:y:1997:i:2:p:211-221
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    1. Ellen R. McGrattan & Edward C. Prescott, 2005. "Taxes, Regulations, and the Value of U.S. and U.K. Corporations," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 72(3), pages 767-796.
    2. Geiler, Philipp & Renneboog, Luc, 2015. "Taxes, earnings payout, and payout channel choice," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 37(C), pages 178-203.

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    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • K34 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Tax Law

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