Tax Policy and Organizational Form: Assessing the Effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017
Posted: 24 May 2018 Last revised: 1 Dec 2018
Date Written: July 23, 2018
We provide historical context to assess the implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) on organizational form. We review the Tax Reform Act of 1986 (TRA86) to assess the extent of organizational form changes in response to changing tax incentives and the effects of those organizational form changes on business operations. We develop a simple analytic model to provide insight into the incentives created by the TCJA and briefly summarize practitioner observations regarding the incentives affecting organizational form decisions. Results suggest that an array of factors make the organizational form decision more difficult and less predictable than in 1986.
Keywords: organizational form, pass-through, corporate tax, tax rates
JEL Classification: H25, K34
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