Corporate tax aggressiveness and corporate governance: the case of citizen firms
by Khaoula Aliani; Sihem Bouguila
International Journal of Sustainable Economy (IJSE), Vol. 15, No. 1, 2023

Abstract: Firms have an inherent intention to minimise their tax burden. These implicit or explicit plans may harm the reputation of citizen firms. Since they are under higher visibility from stakeholders, citizen firms have to adopt an ethical and responsible tax behaviour. The aim of this study is to analyse whether the tax policy is more/less likely to be aggressive in the best 100 corporate citizens. In this paper, the influence of social responsibility on tax policies has been meticulously explored by two methods: a combined effect and an instrumentalist approach. The sample is composed of the best 100 US corporate citizens during 2020. The empirical results reject the direct effects of the corporate social responsibility score and its combined effect with governance variables on tax aggressiveness. However, the moderation effect, which supposes an instrumentalist approach, was supported.

Online publication date: Thu, 15-Dec-2022

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