Tax Planning Diffusion, Real Effects, and Sharing of Benefits

42 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2018 Last revised: 16 Jun 2020

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Ling Cen

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Edward L. Maydew

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Liandong Zhang

Singapore Management University - School of Accountancy

Luo Zuo

Cornell University - Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

Date Written: June 16, 2020

Abstract

We investigate the diffusion of tax planning across firms, and the real effects and sharing of benefits from such diffusion. Using supply chain relationships among firms as a possible diffusion channel, we find that tax planning spreads from principal customers to their dependent suppliers. We find that tax planning diffusion has real effects on product markets and that both parties to the tax planning diffusion share in the benefits. As tax planning diffuses to suppliers, suppliers share the tax savings with their customers by reducing the mark-up on their products. Finally, we show that tax planning diffusion is more pronounced when the customer and the supplier share a common external auditor and when they are located in the same state, suggesting that these diffusion channels complement one another.

Keywords: Tax planning, diffusion, real effects, product markets, supply chains.

JEL Classification: H25, H26, L14.

Suggested Citation

Cen, Ling and Maydew, Edward L. and Zhang, Liandong and Zuo, Luo, Tax Planning Diffusion, Real Effects, and Sharing of Benefits (June 16, 2020). Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise Research Paper No. 18-15, Singapore Management University School of Accountancy Research Paper No. 2019-97, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3213967 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3213967

Ling Cen

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Edward L. Maydew (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/faculty/directory/accounting/edward-maydew

Liandong Zhang

Singapore Management University - School of Accountancy ( email )

60 Stamford Road
Singapore 178900
Singapore

HOME PAGE: http://accountancy.smu.edu.sg/faculty/profile/150531/Liandong-ZHANG

Luo Zuo

Cornell University - Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management ( email )

349 Sage Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
607-255-4002 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/faculty-research/faculty/lz352/

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