Avoiding Taxes to Fix the Tax Code

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Antonio De Vito

IE Business School - IE University

Martin Jacob

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Maximilian A. Müller

ESMT Berlin

Date Written: November 10, 2019

Abstract

Most corporate tax codes constrain capital investment because the cost of capital investment is usually not fully deductible from taxable income. We examine whether firms avoid taxes to loosen such tax code constraints on their investment. Exploiting increases in capital investment incentives from stricter employment protection, we find that firms avoid more taxes and their capital investment response increases with tax avoidance opportunities, both especially when the deductibility of capital investment costs is limited. These findings suggest that tax avoidance mitigates the distortions from tax code constraints on investment.

Keywords: Tax distortions, tax avoidance, employment protection, labor regulation

JEL Classification: G32, H26, J63, K31, M41

Suggested Citation

De Vito, Antonio and Jacob, Martin and Müller, Maximilian A., Avoiding Taxes to Fix the Tax Code (November 10, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3364387 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3364387

Antonio De Vito

IE Business School - IE University ( email )

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Martin Jacob (Contact Author)

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management ( email )

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Germany

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Maximilian A. Müller

ESMT Berlin ( email )

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Germany

HOME PAGE: http://faculty-research.esmt.berlin/person/maximilian-muller/bio

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