FIN 48 and Tax Compliance
48 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2007 Last revised: 6 Feb 2011
Date Written: October 11, 2009
We develop a model to examine the effects of Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Interpretation No. 48, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes (FIN 48), on the strategic interaction between publicly-traded corporate taxpayers and the government. Several of our findings contradict conjectures voiced by members of the business community regarding the economic effects of implementing FIN 48. Specifically, taxpayers with strong facts obtain higher expected payoffs from uncertain tax benefits and some disclosed liabilities understate the expected tax liability. Consistent with the common conjectures, however, some taxpayers are more likely to be audited or are deterred from entering into transactions that generate uncertain benefits because of FIN 48.
Keywords: tax compliance, FIN 48, ASC 740-10-25, accounting for income taxes, disclosure
JEL Classification: C72, M41
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