Italy's Ace Tax and its Effect on a Firm's Leverage

Economics, Open Access Open Assessment e-Journal, Discussion Paper No. 2012-31

21 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2012

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Paolo M. Panteghini

Department of Economics and Management; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

Maria Laura Parisi

University of Brescia, Department of Economics and Management

Francesca Pighetti

University of Brescia - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 27, 2012

Abstract

This article describes the new ACE-type system implemented in Italy since 2012. We have first shown that this system reduces but does not eliminate the financial distortion due to interest deductibility. Using a dataset of Italian companies, we analyzed the impact of this relief on Italian firm capital structure. Despite the permanence of a tax advantage and its gradual implementation, the ACE relief is estimated to reduce significantly leverage. By decreasing default risk it is also expected to reduce systemic risk.

Keywords: ACE, business taxation, leverage

JEL Classification: H25, H32

Suggested Citation

Panteghini, Paolo M. and Parisi, Maria Laura and Pighetti, Francesca, Italy's Ace Tax and its Effect on a Firm's Leverage (June 27, 2012). Economics, Open Access Open Assessment e-Journal, Discussion Paper No. 2012-31, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2117082 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2117082

Paolo M. Panteghini

Department of Economics and Management ( email )

Contrada Santa Chiara 50
BRESCIA, BS 25122
Italy

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

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Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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Maria Laura Parisi (Contact Author)

University of Brescia, Department of Economics and Management ( email )

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Brescia, 25122
Italy
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Francesca Pighetti

University of Brescia - Department of Economics

Via San Faustino 74B
Brescia, 25122
Italy

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