Global organizations and taxes: An analysis of the dividend, interest, royalty, and management fee payments between U.S. multinationals' foreign affiliates

Global organizations and taxes: An analysis of the dividend, interest, royalty, and management... We examine the effects of taxes on cross-border dividend, interest, royalty, and management fee payments between foreign affiliates of U.S. multinationals. Using 1990 tax return information on transfers totaling $22.8 billion and spanning 71 countries, we find dividend, royalty, and sometimes interest payments between foreign affiliates are negatively correlated with the net tax levied on cross-border transfers. We find no evidence management fees are structured to mitigate non-U.S. taxes. Thus, taxes affect the location of the supplier and the terms of the contracts for the provision of equity and intangible capital within the worldwide organization. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Accounting and Economics Elsevier

Global organizations and taxes: An analysis of the dividend, interest, royalty, and management fee payments between U.S. multinationals' foreign affiliates

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 1997 Elsevier Science B.V.
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0165-4101
D.O.I.
10.1016/S0165-4101(98)00004-4
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Abstract

We examine the effects of taxes on cross-border dividend, interest, royalty, and management fee payments between foreign affiliates of U.S. multinationals. Using 1990 tax return information on transfers totaling $22.8 billion and spanning 71 countries, we find dividend, royalty, and sometimes interest payments between foreign affiliates are negatively correlated with the net tax levied on cross-border transfers. We find no evidence management fees are structured to mitigate non-U.S. taxes. Thus, taxes affect the location of the supplier and the terms of the contracts for the provision of equity and intangible capital within the worldwide organization.

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Journal of Accounting and EconomicsElsevier

Published: Dec 15, 1997

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