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Italy's ACE tax and its effect on a firm's leverage

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  • Panteghini, Paolo
  • Parisi, Maria Laura
  • Pighetti, Francesca

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This article describes the new ACE-type system implemented in Italy since 2012. The authors first show that this system reduces but does not eliminate the financial distortion due to interest deductibility. Using a dataset of Italian companies, the authors analyze the impact of this relief on Italian firm capital structure. Despite the permanence of a tax advantage and its gradual implementation, the ACE relief is estimated to reduce significantly leverage. By decreasing default risk it is also expected to reduce systemic risk.

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  • Panteghini, Paolo & Parisi, Maria Laura & Pighetti, Francesca, 2012. "Italy's ACE tax and its effect on a firm's leverage," Economics Discussion Papers 2012-31, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
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    Keywords

    ACE; business taxation; leverage;

    JEL classification:

    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • H32 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Firm

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