Double tax discrimination to attract FDI and fight profit shifting: The role of CFC rules

Andreas Haufler*, Mohammed Mardan, Dirk Schindler

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

22 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Governments worldwide use targeted tax policies to trade off the gains from increased FDI against the cost of excessive profit shifting by multinational firms. We show that nationally optimal tax systems generally incorporate both thin-capitalization rules, which tax discriminate between purely national and multinational firms, and controlled-foreign-company (CFC) rules, which discriminate between home-based and foreign-based multinationals. In the non-cooperative policy equilibrium both thin-capitalization rules and CFC rules are set more lenient than if tax policies were chosen cooperatively, implying an ‘excessive’ tax discrimination in favor of multinationals. We also analyze the effects of reduced transaction costs for FDI and reduced costs for debt shifting on the optimal policy mix. Our results correspond to the observed developments of anti-avoidance rules in OECD countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-43
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of International Economics
Volume114
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2018
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Elsevier B.V.

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Double tax discrimination to attract FDI and fight profit shifting: The role of CFC rules'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this