How Do Differences in State Corporate Income Tax Systems Affect Compliance Cost Burdens?
31 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2002
Date Written: March 15, 2002
Prior multistate tax research on differences in state tax rules, while investigating the effects on revenue, investment, and tax burden, is silent regarding the effect on compliance costs. We investigate factors that explain state income tax compliance costs for large firms. We find that state compliance costs are about twice the relative federal burden. Such costs increase in the number of filing states, controlling for the number of returns filed, firm size, federal compliance costs and variables proxying for state tax complexity. Our evidence that multistate disconformity increases compliance cost burdens informs the debate about the costs of tax competition.
Keywords: multistate taxation, compliance costs, disconformity, burden
JEL Classification: H20, H70
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