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Do auditor-provided tax services improve the relation between tax-related internal control and book-tax differences?

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  • Der-Fen Huang
  • Ming-Lei Chang

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This study investigates whether companies purchasing tax services from auditors can improve the relation between tax-related internal controls and book-tax differences. We employ permanent book-tax differences as a proxy of tax avoidance and temporary book-tax differences as a proxy of earnings management via pre-tax accruals. Our findings show that companies with a higher probability of reporting a material weakness regarding tax-related internal controls have larger permanent and temporary differences (i.e. a higher degree of tax avoidance and earnings management activities); however, companies purchasing auditor-provided tax services can mitigate the positive relation between tax-related internal control weaknesses and permanent differences in the post-SOX period, but no effect on temporary differences.

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  • Der-Fen Huang & Ming-Lei Chang, 2016. "Do auditor-provided tax services improve the relation between tax-related internal control and book-tax differences?," Asia-Pacific Journal of Accounting & Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 23(2), pages 177-199, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:raaexx:v:23:y:2016:i:2:p:177-199
    DOI: 10.1080/16081625.2014.1003570
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