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Valuing the Government's Tax Claim on Risky Corporate Assets

  • Saman Majd
  • Stewart C. Myers
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    This paper explores the effects of tax asymmetries on the value of risky capital investments made by corporations.The government's claim on the firm is shown to be equivalent to a portfolio of options on the firm's revenues. The tax law's provisions for carrying tax losses forward and backward are introduced, necessitating a numerical solution for the value ofthe government's claim. The results show that asymmetric taxation of operating gains and losses can significantly affect the after-tax net present value of corporate investment opportunities.

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    Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 1553.

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    Date of creation: Feb 1985
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    Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:1553
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    8. Cordes, Joseph J & Sheffrin, Steven M, 1983. " Estimating the Tax Advantage of Corporate Debt," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 38(1), pages 95-105, March.
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