Tax Evasion and Market Efficiency: Evidence from the FATCA and Offshore Mutual Funds

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Si Cheng

Chinese University of Hong Kong - Department of Finance

Massimo Massa

INSEAD - Finance

Hong Zhang

Tsinghua University - PBC School of Finance

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Date Written: February 17, 2021

Abstract

Using the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) as an exogenous shock that reduces the tax advantages of offshore funds sold to U.S. investors, we document that affected funds significantly enhance their performance as a response. This effect is stronger for funds domiciled in tax havens, income funds, and skilled funds. Moreover, in generating additional performance, affected funds increase the price efficiency of their invested stocks. Our analysis has important normative implications, showing that curbing offshore tax evasion can help improve efficiency in both the global asset management industry and the securities market.

Keywords: tax evasion, FATCA, mutual funds, skills, market efficiency

JEL Classification: F36, G15, G23, H26

Suggested Citation

Cheng, Si and Massa, Massimo and Zhang, Hong, Tax Evasion and Market Efficiency: Evidence from the FATCA and Offshore Mutual Funds (February 17, 2021). PBCSF-NIFR Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3683674 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3683674

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