Tax Planning: The Role of Taxes for Business Decisions

TAX 660 for Master students (Dieser Kurs wird nur in Englisch angeboten)

Lecturer Prof. Dr. Philipp Dörrenberg
Frequency Fall semester
Courses Lecture
Language English
Form of Assessment Written exam (90 min)
Daniel Klein, M.Sc.


For further information please contact Daniel Klein.


Most finance and strategy courses do not consider the role of taxes in making business decisions. The goal of the course is to understand how taxes affect business decisions. Inparticular, the course teaches the tools for identifying, understanding, and evaluating tax planning opportunities. It is designed to be valuable even as (tax) laws and governments change, and the taught framework is portable in that it can be applied to the set of tax laws in any country. Taxes are everywhere and have a direct impact on cash-flow. Having a basic understanding of how taxation affects business decisions is therefore very important and contributes to a solid financial literacy.The role of taxes is applied to different decision contexts, such as investment, compensation, organizational form, mergers and acquisitions and multinational aspects. The impact of taxes on these decisions will always be considered in the context of the following themes: ‘All Parties’ (the tax implications for all of the involved parties have to be considered), ‘All Taxes’ (explicit and implicit taxes have to be considered), and ‘All Costs’ (all costs, tax and non-tax costs, have to be considered). All aspects of the course will discuss empirical applications. The course will be based on parts of the following textbook that is used in the leading business schools around the world: Scholes, Wolfson, Erickson, Hanlon, Maydew and Shevlin: Taxes and Business Strategy: A Planning Approach, 6th edition.

    Course Structure

  • Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the course, students understand how taxes affect business decisions.

  • Table of Contents

    1. Class Organization and Introduction
    2. Tax-Planning Fundamentals
    3. Taxation of Investments
    4. Organizational Form
    5. Implicit Taxes
    6. Nontax Costs of Tax Planning
    7. The Importance of Marginal Tax Rates
    8. Multinational Tax Planning
    9. Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)
    10. Taxation of Corporations
  • Prerequisites

    Formal: None

    Recommended: Introductory courses in business taxation are advantageous.