Tax Haven Networks and the Role of the Big 4 Accountancy Firms


This paper investigates the association between the Big 4 accountancy firms and the extent to which multinational enterprises build, manage and maintain their networks of tax haven subsidiaries. We extend internalisation theory and derive a number of hypotheses that are tested using count models on firm-level data. Our key findings demonstrate that there is a strong correlation and causal link between the size of an MNE’s tax haven network and their use of the Big 4. We therefore argue that public policy related to the role of auditors can have a significant impact on the tax avoidance behaviour of MNEs.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license ( Funding: British Academy project (SG143332).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tax havens, varieties of capitalism, corporate taxation, poisson regression, Big 4 accountancy firms
Publication ISSN: 1878-5573
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2024 08:10
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2017 13:50
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2018-02-01
Published Online Date: 2017-11-08
Accepted Date: 2017-10-30
Authors: Jones, Christopher M (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1115-6409)
Temouri, Yama (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-3014-258X)
Cobham, Alex



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