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Real Effects Of Accounting Rules: Evidence From Multinational Firms' Investment Location And Profit Repatriation Decisions

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The paper analyzes survey responses from nearly 600 tax executives to better understand corporate decisions about real investment location and profit repatriation. The evidence indicates that avoiding financial accounting income tax expense is as important as avoiding cash 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 cash tax implications but heretofore has not investigated the importance of financial reporting effects. The analysis suggests that financial reporting is an important factor to be considered in the policy debates focused on bringing investment to the U.S.

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