Tax Evasion and Information Production: Evidence from the FATCA and Offshore Asset Management
65 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2020 Last revised: 12 May 2022
Date Written: May 12, 2022
We examine how tax evasion affects offshore asset managers’ incentives for information production. Using the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) as an exogenous shock, we document that affected funds significantly enhance their performance as a response. This improvement comes from better information processing and is more substantial for tax-sensitive funds. Other fund policies related to fees and portfolio-based tax management are less affected. Our results reveal a novel substitution effect between tax evasion and information production, suggesting that curbing offshore tax evasion can help improve competitiveness and efficiency in the global asset management industry and related markets.
Keywords: tax evasion; FATCA; mutual funds; managerial incentives; market efficiency
JEL Classification: F36, G15, G23, H26
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