Published on 01 Dec 12
by "AUSTRALIAN TAX FORUM" JOURNAL ARTICLE
The effective tax rate (ETR) may be used to measure the impact of changes in a country’s tax policy on a company’s tax burden. Our study examines if the ownership structure and the firm’s corporate governance mechanisms affects the ETRs and the tax planning of Malaysian public listed companies (PLCs). Using a sample of 345 PLCs, we find that government ownership, management power, and total accruals are important determinants of companies ETRs. Additionally, the results show that companies that mitigate the agency conflicts with lower total accruals are more likely to have lower ETRs, and executive compensation is a good predictor of long-term tax planning by PLCs. Although preferential tax treatments for certain industries like tourism and manufacturing help lower ETRs, our findings suggest industry firm size is related to ETR and it is a political asset that helps to maximize the country’s wealth.
Sakthi works at Butler University, USA.
Jeyapalan is a Professor, School of Business, Monash University, Malaysia.
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