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Deferred Tax Positions and Incentives for Corporate Behavior Around Corporate Tax Changes

Poterba, James M., Rao, Nirupama S., and Seidman, Jeri K.

Abstract:

A firm’s deferred tax position can influence how it is affected by a transition from one tax regime to another. We compile disaggregated deferred tax position data for a sample of large U.S. firms between 1993 and 2004 to explore how these positions might affect firm behavior before and after a pre-announced change in the statutory corporate tax rate. Our results suggest that the heterogeneous deferred tax positions of large U.S. corporations create substantial variation in the short-run effects of tax rate changes on reported earnings. Recognizing these divergent incentives is important for understanding the political economy of corporate tax reform.

Citation

Poterba, James M., Rao, Nirupama S., and Seidman, Jeri K. (2011), Deferred Tax Positions and Incentives for Corporate Behavior Around Corporate Tax Changes, National Tax Journal, 64:1, pp. 27-57

DOI: dx.doi.org/10.17310/ntj.2011.1.02