Managerial acquisitiveness and corporate tax avoidance

Gul, Ferdinand A. and Khedmati, Mehdi and Shams, Syed M. M. (2020) Managerial acquisitiveness and corporate tax avoidance. Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, 64:101056. ISSN 0927-538X


This paper draws on the “tone at the top” literature to investigate whether managers of firms with managerial acquisitiveness also engage in corporate tax avoidance. Using a sample of US observations, we find that there is a statistically significant association between firm acquisition decisions and corporate tax avoidance. This finding remains robust in a series of sensitivity tests including controlling for the CEO's involvement in hyping stocks. We also show that the effect of acquisitiveness on tax avoidance is more prevalent when audit quality is low, CEOs' equity compensation is low and/or increases in post-acquisition period, and when firms announce acquisitions which destroy shareholder wealth, suggesting opportunistic behavior of CEOs is a key driver of tax avoidance. This finding is consistent with the idea that managers of firms that make self-maximizing decisions at the cost of shareholders in the form of high M&A activities within a short period of time are also engaged in tax avoidance. Consistently, further analysis shows that when high acquisitive managers implement tax avoidance, they destroy firm value in the post-acquisition period.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online: 23 August 2018. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2019 07:02
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2021 22:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: mergers and acquisitions; managerial acquisitiveness; tax avoidance and CEOs overconfidence
Fields of Research (2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1502 Banking, Finance and Investment > 150299 Banking, Finance and Investment not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3502 Banking, finance and investment > 350299 Banking, finance and investment not elsewhere classified
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