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Effects of Corporate Tax Reforms on SMEs’ Investment Decisions under the Particular Consideration of Inflation

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  • Doina Radulescu

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Corporate tax reforms carried out in EU countries since 1980 entail lower statutory tax rates and reductions in generous tax depreciation provisions. Several countries including the UK have reduced tax rates for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). This study compares incentive effects of such reforms on the SMEs’ investment decisions adopting a simple present value model. Ceteris paribus, tax rates and depreciation rules vary in the model simulation, while the application of historical cost accounting method in inflationary phases leads to fictitious increases in nominal net present value. Apart from the construction of international ranking, country-specific patterns of reform effects are also illustrated. Copyright Springer 2007

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  • Chang Nam & Doina Radulescu, 2007. "Effects of Corporate Tax Reforms on SMEs’ Investment Decisions under the Particular Consideration of Inflation," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 29(1), pages 101-118, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:sbusec:v:29:y:2007:i:1:p:101-118
    DOI: 10.1007/s11187-006-0003-1
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    Keywords

    corporate tax reform; EU countries; inflation; investment decision; SMEs; tax base determination; H25; H32;

    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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