Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/95958
Authors: 
Alstadsæter, Annette
Jacob, Martin
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Arqus-Diskussionsbeiträge zur quantitativen Steuerlehre 154
Abstract: 
This paper analyzes whether a dividend tax cut for owner-managers of closely held corporations encourages income shifting, income generation, or both. We use rich, micro data from Sweden for the period 2000 - 2011 comprising the entire Swedish population, as well as firmand individual-level data for all owner-managers in closely held corporations, partnerships, and self-employed. We find robust evidence of extensive income shifting across tax bases in response to the 2006 dividend tax cut. Relative to owners of unincorporated businesses, owner-managers of closely held corporations do not increase total income. Instead, they relabel earned income as dividend income. The income shifting effect is stronger for owner-managers with tax incentives and with easier access to income shifting through a high ownership share.
Subjects: 
income shifting
income generation
dividend taxes
closely held corporations
owner-managers
JEL: 
H21
H25
H3
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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