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Title:In praise of tax havens: international tax planning and foreign direct investment PDF Logo
Authors:Hong, Qing
Smart, Michael
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 1942
Abstract:The multinationalization of corporate investment in recent years has given rise to a number of international tax avoidance schemes that may be eroding tax revenues in industrialized countries, but which may also reduce tax burdens on mobile capital and so facilitate investment. Both the welfare effects of and the optimal response to international tax planning are therefore ambiguous. Evaluating these factors in a simple general equilibrium model, we find that citizens of high-tax countries benefit from (some) tax planning. Paradoxically, if tax rates are not too high, an increase in tax planning activity causes a rise in optimal corporate tax rates, and a decline in multinational investment. Thus fears of a “race to the bottom” in corporate tax rates may be misplaced.
Subjects:income shifting
tax planning
foreign direct investment
tax competition
thin capitalization
JEL:H2
H7
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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