Risky business: The prosopography of corporate tax planning

Michael P. Donohoe, Gary A. McGill, Edmund Outslay

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We trace the history of corporate tax planning from a compliance-focused activity to a profit-enhancing endeavor to a risk management center. Tax directors of U.S. multinational corporations face unprecedented global pressures from taxing jurisdictions seeking to increase their share of the enterprise's worldwide taxes. Increasingly, corporations must consider the risks that a tax strategy will impose on them, not only in terms of potential lost revenue, but also in terms of reputation and market share. We discuss the components of tax risk management in today's global environment and speculate how future corporate tax planning will change in light of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)851-874
Number of pages24
JournalNational Tax Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2014


  • Accounting for income taxes
  • Book-tax differences
  • Corporate tax
  • Tax avoidance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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