ABSTRACT: We examine the link between auditor-related tax services and corporate debt pricing. After controlling for security-level and other firm-level determinants, we provide strong, robust evidence that bondholders reward public firms that pay proportionately more tax fees to their auditor with lower yield spreads. Our results include that the influence of auditor-related tax services on lowering borrowing costs is stronger for issues made by firms suffering worse information asymmetry. This research, which helps to resolve whether audit quality hinges on the relative amount of tax services, may have important policy implications given that regulators continue to debate whether to impose further restrictions on the tax services that auditors can provide to their clients. Altogether, our evidence implies that the benefit of tax services in improving auditor knowledge—stemming from public accounting firms learning more about their clients over successive engagements—outweighs any concurrent sacrifice in auditor independence in shaping debt market perceptions.
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Research Article| September 01 2008
The Impact of Auditor-Related Tax Services on Corporate Debt Pricing
Online ISSN: 1558-8017
Print ISSN: 0198-9073
American Accounting Association
Journal of the American Taxation Association (2008) 30 (2): 79–106.
Steve Fortin, Jeffrey A. Pittman; The Impact of Auditor-Related Tax Services on Corporate Debt Pricing. Journal of the American Taxation Association 1 September 2008; 30 (2): 79–106. https://doi.org/10.2308/jata.2008.30.2.79
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