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Earnings manipulation: cost of capital versus tax

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  • Aasmund Eilifsen
  • Kjell Henry Knivsfla
  • Frode Saettem

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We show that if taxable income were linked to accounting income, there will exist an automatic safeguard against manipulation of earnings within the analysed framework. Separating taxable income from accounting income will remove this self-controlled mechanism, and accordingly create a need for separate countermeasures to prevent earnings manipulation.

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  • Aasmund Eilifsen & Kjell Henry Knivsfla & Frode Saettem, 1999. "Earnings manipulation: cost of capital versus tax," European Accounting Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(3), pages 481-491.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:euract:v:8:y:1999:i:3:p:481-491
    DOI: 10.1080/096381899335899
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    1. Alexis Ngantchou, 2008. "Recentrage du cadre comptable, durcissement de l'environnement fiscal et persistance de la gestion des données comptables : Une étude du comportement des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises camerounaises," Post-Print halshs-00525819, HAL.
    2. Ch. Spathis & M. Doumpos & C. Zopounidis, 2002. "Detecting falsified financial statements: a comparative study using multicriteria analysis and multivariate statistical techniques," European Accounting Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(3), pages 509-535.
    3. José António Moreira, 2006. "Are Financing Needs a Constraint to Earnings Management? Evidence for Private Portuguese Firms," CEF.UP Working Papers 0610, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
    4. Beuselinck, Christof & Deloof, Marc, 2014. "Earnings Management in Business Groups: Tax Incentives or Expropriation Concealment?," The International Journal of Accounting, Elsevier, vol. 49(1), pages 27-52.
    5. José António Moreira, 2013. "Pode um investidor medianamente diligente detectar a manipulação dos resultados das empresas? Estudo do caso Worldcom," OBEGEF Working Papers 029, OBEGEF - Observatório de Economia e Gestão de Fraude;OBEGEF Working Papers on Fraud and Corruption.
    6. Tak ISA, 2011. "Impacts and Losses Caused By the Fraudulent and Manipulated Financial Information on Economic Decisions," REVISTA DE MANAGEMENT COMPARAT INTERNATIONAL/REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE MANAGEMENT, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 12(5), pages 929-939, December.
    7. Niclas Hellman, 1999. "Earnings manipulation: cost of capital versus tax. A commentary," European Accounting Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(3), pages 493-497.

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