Effects of LBOs on Tax Revenues of the U.S. Treasury
Michael C. Jensen
Harvard Business School; Social Science Electronic Publishing (SSEP), Inc.; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)
Steven N. Kaplan
University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Tax Notes, Vol. 42, No. 6, 1989
In this report, the tax effects of leveraged buyouts (LBOs) based on the current tax law and data from LBOs during the period 1979 through 1985 are examined. The analysis challenges the argument that LBOs result in net losses of tax revenues to the U.S. Treasury. Five ways are shown in which LBOs can generate incremental revenues to the U.S. Treasury: increased capital gains taxes for shareholders; increased operating revenues; interest income earned by LBO creditors; more efficient use of capital; and asset sales triggering additional corporate taxes on the capital gains. Offsetting these incremental revenue gains are: increased interest deductions on the LBO debt and lower tax revenues on dividends foregone. We conclude that the U.S. Treasury's revenues from LBO firms have increased over the time period examined and that policies that restrict LBOs likely will reduce future tax revenues received by the Federal government.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: August 16, 2000
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