State Tax Haven Legislation and Corporate Income Tax Revenues

43 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2017 Last revised: 29 Nov 2018

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Stephen J. Lusch

Texas Christian University - Department of Accounting

James Stekelberg

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Accounting

Date Written: November 28, 2018

Abstract

In response to the rise of foreign tax haven usage by multinational corporations, several U.S. states have enacted laws that require income from affiliated entities operating in tax haven jurisdictions to be included on the firm’s state income tax return. We examine the revenue effects of this legislation. Employing a variety of alternative empirical approaches including state and year fixed effects regressions, a difference-in-differences specification, and a synthetic control methodology, our results provide consistent evidence of a positive association between the enactment of tax haven legislation and state corporate income tax revenues in all enacting states except West Virginia. Our study contributes to the state tax policy literature and the literature on tax havens. Moreover, given that states continue to consider implementing, changing, or repealing tax haven legislation, our results inform this current policy debate.

Keywords: Tax Havens, State Tax Haven Legislation, State Corporate Income Tax; State Corporate Income Tax Revenue

Suggested Citation

Lusch, Stephen J. and Stekelberg, James, State Tax Haven Legislation and Corporate Income Tax Revenues (November 28, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2914489 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2914489

Stephen J. Lusch

Texas Christian University - Department of Accounting ( email )

M.J. Neeley School of Business
TCU Box 298530
Fort Worth, TX 76129
United States

James Stekelberg (Contact Author)

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Accounting ( email )

256 Rockwell Hall
Fort Collins, CO 80523
United States

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