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Taxes and Corporate Finance

John R. Graham

Duke University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

May 29, 2003

This paper reviews tax research related to domestic and multinational capital structure, payout policy, compensation policy, risk management, and organizational form. For each topic, the theoretical arguments explaining how taxes can affect corporate decision-making and firm value are reviewed, followed by a summary of the related empirical evidence and a discussion of unresolved issues. Tax research generally supports the hypothesis that high-tax rate firms pursue policies that provide tax benefits. Many issues remain unresolved, however, including understanding whether tax effects are of first-order importance, why firms do not pursue tax benefits more aggressively, and whether corporate actions are affected by investor-level taxes.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 92

Keywords: Capital Structure, Corporate Finance, Compensation, Dividends, Payout Policy, Taxes

JEL Classification: G30, G32, G34, G35, H25

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Date posted: April 10, 2001  

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Graham, John R., Taxes and Corporate Finance (May 29, 2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=264516 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.264516

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