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Deferred Tax Positions and Incentives for Corporate Behavior Around Corporate Tax Changes

  • James Poterba
  • Nirupama Rao
  • Jeri Seidman

A firm's deferred tax position can influence how it is affected by a transition from one tax regime to another. We compile disaggregated deferred tax position data for a sample of large U.S. firms between 1993 and 2004 to explore how these positions might affect firm behavior before and after a pre-announced change in the statutory corporate tax rate. Our results suggest that the heterogeneous deferred tax positions of large U.S. corporations create substantial variation in the short-run effect of tax rate changes on reported earnings. Recognizing these divergent incentives is important for understanding the political economy of corporate tax reform.

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Publication status: published as Poterba, James M., Nirupama S. Rao, and Jeri K. Seidman. "Deferred Tax Positions and Incentives for Corporate Behavior Around Corporate Tax Changes." National Tax Journal 64, 1 (March 2011): 27-57.
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