Taxes and financial assets: Valuing permanently reinvested foreign earnings

Lisa Bryant-Kutcher, Lisa Eiler, David A. Guenther

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Abstract

We investigate the value of permanently reinvested earnings (PRE) of foreign subsidiaries of U.S. multinationals. We focus particularly on how firm value is affected by reinvesting PRE in financial rather than operating assets, where the reinvestment in financial assets is to avoid the U.S. repatriation tax. Consistent with prior studies, we find that the value of PRE is lower for those firms that disclose a positive U.S. tax associated with repatriation of PRE. Consistent with our hypothesis, we find that this lower value is concentrated in the subset of firms with high amounts of excess cash, our proxy for tax-related, reinvestment in financial assets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)699-720
Number of pages22
JournalNational Tax Journal
Volume61
Issue number4 PART 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2008

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