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Interrelationship between taxes, capital structure decisions and value of the firm: A panel data study on Indian manufacturing firms

Sinha, Pankaj and Bansal, Vishakha (2014): Interrelationship between taxes, capital structure decisions and value of the firm: A panel data study on Indian manufacturing firms.

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Abstract

Since the development of efficient proxies for taxes, many researchers have proved the existence of impact of tax on financing decisions. The ultimate aim of each business decision is to enhance the value of the firm; hence it is important to study the tax implications of financing decisions on the firm’s value. In this study an attempt is made to study the interrelationship between taxes, financing decisions and value of the firm. A panel data of 188 Indian manufacturing firms over a period from 1990 to 2013 is employed to assess the relationship. Unlike the results of Fama and French (1998), the analyses undertaken in this study is able to capture the tax effects of debt. It shows clearly that companies consider partial consequences of employing debt and justify the higher use of debt. This study brings forth the empirical evidence that the personal tax implications flowing through financing decisions contribute towards forming perceptions of the investors and thus may affect the firm value in the opposite direction.

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