TAXING FOREIGN PROFITS WITH INTERNATIONAL MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

Becker J, Fuest C


Zusammenfassung
A large part of border crossing investment takes the form of international mergers and acquisitions. In this article, we ask how optimal repatriation tax systems look like in a world where investment involves a change of ownership, instead of a reallocation of real capital. We find that the standard results of international taxation do not carry over to the case of international mergers and acquisitions. The deduction system is no longer optimal from a national perspective and the foreign tax credit system fails to ensure global optimality. The tax exemption system is optimal if ownership advantage is a public good within the multinational firm. However, the cross-border cash-flow tax system dominates the exemption system in terms of optimality properties.

Schlüsselwörter
investment-income optimal taxation capital income old rules policy reform competition realities



Publikationstyp
Aufsatz (Zeitschrift)

Publikationsstatus
Veröffentlicht

Jahr
2010

Fachzeitschrift
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC REVIEW

Band
51

Ausgabe
1

Erste Seite
171

Letzte Seite
186

Seiten
171-186

Sprache
Englisch

ISSN
0020-6598

Affiliierungen
Max Planck Inst Intellectual Property Competit &, Max Planck Inst Intellectual Property Competit &, Univ Oxford