Real Effects of Accounting Rules: Evidence from Multinational Firms' Investment Location and Profit Repatriation Decisions

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We analyze survey responses from nearly 600 tax executives to better understand corporate decisions about real investment location and profit repatriation. Our evidence indicates that avoiding financial accounting income tax expense is as important as avoiding cash income taxes when corporations decide where to locate operations and whether to repatriate foreign earnings. This result is important in light of the recent research about whether financial accounting affects investment and in light of the decades of research on foreign investment that examines the role of cash income taxes but heretofore has not investigated the importance of financial reporting effects. Our analysis suggests that financial reporting is an important factor to be considered in the policy debates focused on bringing investment to the United States. © University of Chicago on behalf of the Accounting Research Center, 2011.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Graham, JR; Hanlon, M; Shevlin, T

Published Date

  • March 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 137 - 185

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1475-679X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-8456

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1475-679X.2010.00395.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus