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Personal Income Taxes and Corporate Investment


Murray Z. Frank


University of Minnesota

Rajdeep Singh


University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management

Tracy Yue Wang


University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management

October 1, 2010

AFA 2010 Atlanta Meetings Paper
5th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper

Abstract:     
In this paper we examine the impact of major dividend tax changes in the U.S. since 1980 on corporate investment. We find that dividend taxation has a significant effect on firm-level investment, and the effect crucially depends on the firm's cash-richness. A dividend tax cut tends to stimulate cash-poor firms' investment. But such stimulating effect weakens for firms that are cash-rich. The most cash-rich firms can even decrease their investment following a dividend tax cut, which may be due to their incentive for inter-temporal tax arbitrage in anticipation of tax changes. Our study suggests that future policy making on dividend taxation and the empirical assessment of the policy impact should take into serious consideration the heterogeneity in firms' cash positions. Dividend tax increases may generate little impact on aggregate investment in the short run. But it may have negative impact on the long-run economic growth by disproportionately harming startup firms and fast-growing young firms that are likely to be cash-poor.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 48

Keywords: corporate investment, dividend taxation, personal income tax, financing margin, marginal source of fund, cash

JEL Classification: G31, G32, H24

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Date posted: October 25, 2007 ; Last revised: October 24, 2010

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Frank, Murray Z. and Singh, Rajdeep and Wang, Tracy Yue, Personal Income Taxes and Corporate Investment (October 1, 2010). AFA 2010 Atlanta Meetings Paper; 5th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1024530 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1024530

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Murray Z. Frank (Contact Author)
University of Minnesota ( email )
Carlson School of Management
321 19th Avenue South
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United States
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Rajdeep Singh
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management ( email )
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Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States
612-624-1061 (Phone)
612-626-1335 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://umn.edu/~rajsingh
Tracy Yue Wang
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management ( email )
19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States
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