Title

Mandatory audit partner's rotation and corporate tax avoidance: Early evidence from form AP disclosure

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1-2021

Abstract

This study examines the impact of mandatory audit partner's rotation on corporate tax avoidance. Using audit partners’ information disclosed in Form AP, we find that companies generally increase their effective tax rates (ETRs) after audit partner's mandatory rotation, and the increase is specifically driven by companies hiring non-Big four auditors. This implies that incoming auditors, especially those from non-Big four accounting firms, are more conservative in tax issues. Further analysis suggests that companies engaging in less tax avoidance before and simultaneously purchasing tax services from their auditors have less increase in ETRs after an audit partner's rotation. The findings of this study assist both audit practitioners and tax regulators to better understand the impact of audit partner rotation on firm's tax behaviors.

Publication Title

Journal of Corporate Accounting Camp; Finance

Volume Number

32

Issue Number

2

First Page

102

Last Page

113

ISSN

10448136

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