The Impact of Capital Gains Taxes on Buyers and Sellers: Evidence from Cross-border M&As

Huizinga, Harry and Voget, Johannes (2011) The Impact of Capital Gains Taxes on Buyers and Sellers: Evidence from Cross-border M&As. In: Annual Symposium 2011, 07/07/11 - 09/07/11, Centre for Business Taxation.

Abstract

In a cross-border takeover, the tax base associated with future capital gains is transferred from target shareholders to acquirer shareholders. Cross-country differences in capital gains tax rates enable us to estimate the discount in the takeover price on account of future capital gains. The estimation suggests that a one percentage point increase in the capital gains tax rate reduces the valuation of new equity by 0.136%. The implied average effective tax rate on capital gains is 4.57%, indicating that capital gains taxation is a significant cost to firms when raising new equity capital. Apart from the taxation of future capital gains, we also find that takeover prices are affected by capital gains taxation resulting from the accelerated realization of past capital gains by target shareholders.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Keywords: Capital gains taxation, Cost of capital, International takeovers, Takeover premium
Subject(s): Taxation
Centre: Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2012 11:57
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:07
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/3675

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