The Effects of Corporate Income Tax on Corporate Capital Structure---Based on the Data of Listed Companies in China

  •  Li Wenhong    
  •  Wu Jiaqi    
  •  Hu Tianran    


In 2008, the domestic and foreign corporate income tax systems were unified in China. Based on data of the listed companies in China from 2006 to 2012 and the established model, we find that income tax rates significantly influence the capital structure of listed companies in China, and there is a positive correlation to the asset-liability ratio. When tax rate falls, the listed company will lower financial leverage, and the main method is through increasing its owners' equity, rather than to reduce debt.

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