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The Implications of Tax Asymmetry for U.S. Corporations

Cooper, Michael G. and Knittel, Matthew J

Abstract:

This paper examines the implications of the asymmetric treatment of tax losses for U.S. corporations for 1993–2004. We find that partial refunding of tax losses reduces their real values by approximately one-half and produces modest effective tax rate differentials between taxable and non-taxable firms. However, if firms use debt financing or utilize an investment tax credit, then rate differentials can be significant. We also find that certain industries and younger firms disproportionately bear the negative consequences of partial refunding, due to either delayed realization or the inability to use tax losses to offset prior or future profits.

Citation

Cooper, Michael G. and Knittel, Matthew J (2010), The Implications of Tax Asymmetry for U.S. Corporations, National Tax Journal, 63:1, pp. 33-61

DOI: dx.doi.org/10.17310/ntj.2010.1.02