Although deferred tax liabilities represent a significant liability for most firms, prior research provides mixed evidence concerning investors' valuation of these items. Using an expanded data set of hand-collected tax footnotes, I examine (1) whether investors recognize depreciation-related deferred tax liabilities as economic burdens, and if so, (2) how investors measure the effect of these liabilities. I find evidence suggesting that investors price depreciation-related deferred tax liabilities as economic burdens and show that my primary findings are robust to the use of a changes-based methodology. I also examine various factors that could affect investors' measurement of these liabilities. In doing so, I develop a new method to identify tax-sensitive firms to implement my tests. This method incorporates forward-looking profit expectations without a look-ahead bias. Finally, I provide evidence of circumstances where investors discount deferred tax liabilities despite current accounting standards prohibiting managers from discounting these deferred tax liabilities in the reported financial statements. As depreciation-related deferred tax liabilities are among the largest and most common deferred tax liabilities, my study provides important insights into investors' valuation of firms' tax planning.
|Commitee:||Hewitt, Max, Yu, Jiewei (Jeff)|
|School:||The University of Arizona|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Deferred tax liabilities, Depreciation, Discounting, Firm value|
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