Using Tax Return Data to Simulate Corporate Marginal Tax Rates
49 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2007 Last revised: 15 Feb 2008
Date Written: December 2007
We document that simulated corporate marginal tax rates based on financial statement data (Shevlin 1990 and Graham 1996a) are highly correlated with simulated rates based on corporate tax return data. We provide algorithms that can be used to estimate the book or tax simulated rates when they are not available. We find that the simulated book marginal tax rate does a better job of explaining financial statement debt ratios than does the analogous tax return variable and discuss how the book simulated rate is likely to be an appropriate measure in settings with global, long-term considerations.
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