Tax Policy and Investment by Startups and Innovative Firms
35 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2015
Date Written: February 9, 2015
Our tax system imposes widely varying tax rates on investments in different activities, favors debt over equity, and favors pass-throughs over corporations. Targeted tax incentives can lower the cost of capital for small businesses, startups, and those that invest in intellectual property. But those advantages are weakened, and sometimes eliminated, because businesses that invest in new ideas rely more on higher-taxed equity than do firms that focus on tangible investment and because startups are often limited in their ability to use tax deductions and credits. These limits can more than offset the benefit from tax incentives.
Keywords: tax policy, investment incentives, innovation, METR
JEL Classification: H2, M13
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