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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: The effect of corporate tax avoidance on the cost of bank loans

  • Hasan, Iftekhar

    ()

    (Fordham University and Bank of Finland)

  • Hoi, Chun-Keung (Stan)

    (E. Philip Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology)

  • Wu, Qiang

    (Lally School of Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

  • Zhang, Hao

    (E. Philip Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology)

We find that firms with greater tax avoidance incur higher spreads when obtaining bank loans. This finding is robust in a battery of sensitivity analyses and in two quasi-experimental settings including the implementation of Financial Accounting Standards Board Interpretation No. 48 and the revelation of past tax sheltering activity. Firms with greater tax avoidance also incur more stringent non-price loan terms, incur higher at-issue bond spreads, and prefer bank loans over public bonds when obtaining debt financing. Overall, these findings indicate that banks perceive tax avoidance as engendering significant risks.

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Paper provided by Bank of Finland in its series Research Discussion Papers with number 3/2014.

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Length: 67 pages
Date of creation: 15 Jan 2014
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Publication status: Published as Hasan, Iftekhar, Chun-Keung (Stan) Hoi, Qiang Wu and Hao Zhang, 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: The effect of corporate tax avoidance on the cost of bank loans' in Journal of Financial Economics, 2014, pages 109-130.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:bofrdp:2014_003
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