Tax Avoidance through Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions

95 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2020 Last revised: 18 Oct 2021

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Jean-Marie Meier

University of Texas at Dallas

Jake Smith

University of Texas at Dallas - School of Management - Department of Finance & Managerial Economics

Date Written: June 30, 2020

Abstract

We investigate 13,458 cross-border, tax-haven mergers and acquisitions (M&A) from 1990 to 2017, totaling $4.2 trillion in deal value. These M&A result in $32.9 billion in recurring annual tax avoidance. $2.4 trillion of haven M&A is beyond what is predicted based on a gravity model with economic fundamentals. Moreover, we improve the measurement of a key data item in tax research–a firm’s tax residence–through a novel algorithm that embeds the residency laws of 150 countries and the associated tie-breaking provisions. We reassign the tax residence of a considerable fraction of firms relative to standard assignments.

Keywords: tax avoidance, tax havens, mergers and acquisitions, gravity model, capital flows, foreign direct investment, taxation, multinational corporations

JEL Classification: F21, G34, H25, H26, H73, K34

Suggested Citation

Meier, Jean-Marie and Smith, Jake, Tax Avoidance through Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions (June 30, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3639640 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3639640

Jean-Marie Meier (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Dallas ( email )

Jindal School of Management
800 W. Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.jean-mariemeier.com/

Jake Smith

University of Texas at Dallas - School of Management - Department of Finance & Managerial Economics ( email )

800 W Campbell Rd
Richardson, TX 75080
United States

HOME PAGE: http://jakesmith.com

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