Are shareholder dividend taxes on corporate retained earnings impounded in equity prices? Additional evidence and analysis

Dan S Dhaliwal, Merle Erickson, Mary Margaret Frank, Monica Banyi

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the model used by Harris and Kemsley (J. Acc. Res. 37 (1999) 275), Harris et al. (J. Public Econ. 79 (2001) 569) and Collins and Kemsley (Acc. Rev. 75 (2000) 405), hereafter CHHK, and to investigate their empirical results. We demonstrate that the model underlying CHHK is flawed, and show that their interpretation of the data is incorrect. Finally, we find that after controlling for market to book ratio, Harris and Kemsley's first main result vanishes. In total, we reject CHHK's conclusions that equity prices are discounted for shareholder dividend taxes on retained earnings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-200
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Accounting and Economics
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2003

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Retained earnings
Dividend taxes
Shareholders
Equity prices
Empirical results
Book-to-market ratio

Keywords

  • Dividend
  • Tax
  • Tax capitalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Finance

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Are shareholder dividend taxes on corporate retained earnings impounded in equity prices? Additional evidence and analysis. / Dhaliwal, Dan S; Erickson, Merle; Frank, Mary Margaret; Banyi, Monica.

In: Journal of Accounting and Economics, Vol. 35, No. 2, 06.2003, p. 179-200.

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