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Taxes, Earnings Payout, and Payout Channel Choice

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  • Philipp Geiler

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  • Luc Renneboog

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We study the tax regulations in relation to dividends and capital gains over the last two decades for the UK in order to determine whether changes in tax regimes affect corporate payout policy (dividends, share repurchases, or a combination). While we can identify investors' tax-driven preferences for a specific payout channel, we find no evidence of tax-induced clienteles. Firms do indeed not cater to the tax preferences of their shareholders (including individuals, pension funds, corporations). Other factors, such as equity-based compensation received by the CEO and investor sentiment in the form of optimism reduce the dividend payout and increase the use of share repurchases.

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  • Philipp Geiler & Luc Renneboog, 2015. "Taxes, Earnings Payout, and Payout Channel Choice," Post-Print hal-02313270, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-02313270
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    Keywords

    Regulation; Payout policy; Dividends; Share repurchases; Taxation;
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    JEL classification:

    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General
    • G35 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Payout Policy
    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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