Who generated the loopholes? A case study of corporate tax advisors’ regulatory capture over anti-tax avoidance legislation in Finland

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Recently welfare economists and international political economy scholars have increasingly discussed how the corporations seek profits by corroding policies that tackle tax avoidance and undermine public interest. This article contributes to these discussions on so-called regulatory captures in the global wealth chains by providing a comprehensive case study on anti-tax avoidance legislative processes in Finland. The author analyzes the statements that various stakeholders provided during several phases of enacting the interest deduction limitation rule that targets so-called thin capitalization arrangements. Because of this specific research material, the author is able to undertake a nuanced analysis in describing how and whose statements made the difference from the draft version of legislation to the final wording of the law. The evidence suggests corporate interest groups and tax advisory firms influenced the content of the rule as notable tax base eroding loopholes have been included in the Finnish anti-tax avoidance rule. The author also assesses remedies of regulatory captures.
Translated title of the contributionKuka synnytti veropohjan aukot? Tapaustutkimus yritysten veroasiantuntijoiden sääntelijän kaappauksesta suomalaisissa verovälttelyä ehkäisevissä sääntelyprosesseissa
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic Tax Journal
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 513 Law
  • 511 Economics
  • 5172 Global Politics

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