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International Transfer Pricing and Tax Avoidance: Evidence from Linked Trade-Tax Statistics in the UK

Li Liu, Tim Schmidt-Eisenlohr () and Dongxian Guo

No 6594, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo Group Munich

Abstract: This paper employs unique data on export transactions and corporate tax returns of UK multinational firms and finds that firms manipulate their transfer prices to shift profits to lower-taxed destinations. It uncovers three new findings on tax-motivated transfer mispricing in real goods. First, transfer mispricing increases substantially when taxation of foreign profits changes from a worldwide to a territorial approach in the UK, with multinationals shifting more profits into low-tax jurisdictions. Second, transfer mispricing increases with a firm’s R&D intensity. Third, tax-motivated transfer mispricing is concentrated in countries that are not tax havens and have low-to-medium-level corporate tax rates.

Keywords: transfer pricing; corporate taxation avoidance; multinational firms (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F23 H25 H32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-acc, nep-eur, nep-int and nep-pbe
Date: 2017
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