Dividend Valuation, Trading and Transactions Costs: The 1997 Partial Abolition of Dividend Tax Credit Repayments
Bangor Business School
University of Southampton
Richard H.G. Jackson
University of Wales, Aberystwyth - School of Management and Business
Although UK resident tax-exempt shareholders lost the right to repayment of tax credits on dividends paid by UK resident companies in July 1997, they could continue to receive tax credit repayments in respect of dividends received from Irish resident companies until December 1998. In July 1997 the rate of tax credit on Irish companies' dividends was 21%, and this was reduced to 11% in December 1997. We obtain insights into the incentives and behaviour of UK tax-exempt investors in response to these changes in the relative 'tax attractiveness' of investments in Irish resident companies. We find that only at its highest rate, 21%, was the level of dividend tax credit on Irish companies' dividends sufficient to induce changes in UK tax-exempt shareholders' investment strategies; and that the propensity for dividend capture by tax exempt investors is heightened when the dividend tax credit yield is of the order of 0.8% or more and dividend yield is of the order of 2.6% or more.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 33
Keywords: Dividends, transaction costs, shareholder taxes, taxation
JEL Classification: G12, G23, H2working papers series
Date posted: January 26, 2009
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