Discussion paper

DP18762 Corporate Taxes and Entrepreneurs’ Income: A Credit Channel

Corporate taxation can have redistributive effects on income and wealth. We hypothesize and empirically establish such an effect working via bank credit. We use a unique sample of small majority-owned firms that apply for credit, where only some firms (treated) experience a corporate tax cut. We show that after the decrease in corporate tax rates, the treated poorer business owners get easier access to credit. However, this policy also considerably increases loan amounts and de-creases loan spreads for the treated richer. Ultimately, reducing the corporate tax rate predominantly increases the future income and wealth of richer business owners.


Delis, M, E Galariotis, M Iosifidi and S Ongena (2024), ‘DP18762 Corporate Taxes and Entrepreneurs’ Income: A Credit Channel‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 18762. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp18762