Internal Information Quality and State Tax Planning
Posted: 8 Jul 2021
Date Written: July 2, 2021
This study examines the association between internal information quality and state tax planning. Prior literature documents a positive association between internal information quality and summary measures of tax avoidance. However, we know little about specific forms of tax planning internal information quality facilitates. State tax planning is difficult because of the number of jurisdictions, variety of tax rules, variation of enforcement, and apportionment requirements. We find internal information quality facilitates state tax planning and is most important when firms face more restrictive state tax laws and for domestic firms relative to multinational firms with international income shifting opportunities. Our results provide a baseline of the economic effects of internal information quality on different forms of tax planning. Understanding internal information quality’s role in state tax planning is especially relevant as countries propose to modify international tax rules to mirror the state taxation format of a single entity system with apportionment.
Keywords: internal information, tax avoidance, tax planning, state tax, foreign tax, federal tax
JEL Classification: H26, H71, H72
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