Why Don’t They Minimize Their Tax? An Experimental Approach for Cross-Border Hybrid Finance
Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration
University of Ulm - Department of Mathematics and Economics
July 6, 2010
International tax law allows, under certain circumstances, to considerably reduce the group average tax rate. In some cases, even the tax-free repatriation of yields on intragroup finance is possible, in particular when using hybrid finance. These cases are normally connected to complex questions of foreign, domestic, and bilateral tax law as well as to uncertainty on whether the intended tax consequences will be upheld by the fiscs in future years. We experimentally investigate the two key variables, legal uncertainty and tax complexity while controlling for decision makers’ risk attitude.
Results show that overall tax complexity has a negative effect on the probability to choose a hybrid finance instrument, while legal uncertainty has not. The impact of the two factors is moderated by decision makers’ risk attitudes.
Keywords: Hybrid finance, tax, experiment, uncertainty, complexity
JEL Classification: C91, D03, D81, H25working papers series
Date posted: July 6, 2010
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