Taxation and Corporate Debt: Are Banks any Different?

Author/Editor: Jost Heckemeyer ; Ruud A. de Mooij
Publication Date: October 29, 2013
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Summary: This paper explores whether corporate tax bias toward debt finance differs between banks and nonbanks, using a large panel of micro data. On average, it finds that there is no significant difference. The marginal tax effect for both banks and non-banks is close to 0.2. However, the responsiveness differs considerably across the size distribution and the conditional leverage distribution. For nonbanks, we find a U-shaped relationship between asset size and tax responsiveness, although this pattern does not hold universally across the conditional leverage distribution. For banks, in contrast, the tax responsiveness declines linearly in asset size. Quantile regressions show further that capitaltight banks are significantly less responsive than are capital-abundant banks; the same pattern holds for the largest non-banks. Still, even the largest banks with high conditional leverage ratios feature a significant, positive tax response.
Series: Working Paper No. 13/221
Subject(s): Taxation | Corporate sector | Debt | Corporate taxes | Banks | Nonbank financial sector

Publication Date: October 29, 2013
ISBN/ISSN: 9781484330340/1018-5941 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2013221 Pages: 29
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