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Tax Inversions: Maximizing Wealth by Going Abroad

Julio Rivas-Aguilar, Andrew Borchers
January 1, 2016
SKU:
BUS-004187
Region: 
North America
Topic: 
Accounting & Finance, Strategy & General Management
Length: 
3 pages
Keywords: 
tax inversion, mergers, corporate social responsibility, CSR, social media
Student Price: 
$4.00 (€3.63)
Average rating: 
4.333335
This critical incident describes the merger and controversial tax inversion of U.S.-based Burger King and Canada-based Tim Hortons. Inversion is a strategy that seeks to maximize stockholder wealth by acquiring foreign subsidiaries in tax-friendly countries and subsequently shifting tax residencies. Burger King proposed to relocate its tax address to Canada, thereby paying a lower tax rate and increasing its stockholder’s wealth. However, this move led to significant resistance, given Horton’s iconic brand image in Canada and outrage from U.S. customers of Burger King. The consequence of the merger led to boycotts and strong negative reactions from consumers on social media. The reader is faced with the decision of whether to relocate Burger King’s tax residence.

Reviews

Rating: 
4
When Burger King expanded abroad, in society's eyes it lowered their crediability and responsibility toward their costumers. Burger King made a financial decision to take a tax advantage, without knowing the degree of public backlash they would receive in return. 
Rating: 
4
Why does it matter to others on how a company spends and saves their money? I believe it was a good idea but - with all of the backlash from the society, it made it hard for Burger King to do the merger smoothly. 
Rating: 
5
I thought that it was a very smart move of Burger King. No, it is not fair to other businesses, but they should have thought of it.
Rating: 
5
The case presents the problem of tax evasion and was very informative as to how companies operate their businesses. The writer did a very good job of presenting the information in a none biased tone
Rating: 
4
This case is on a topic where you have to make your decision on participating in tax inversion or not based on your long-term projections. As a business owner, if you project that the tax advantages you receive by going abroad will outweigh the public backlash that you may receive, it is probably smarter to go abroad. Just like with any other decision, you have to figure out whether if the pros outweigh the cons, and that may vary for different corporations.
Rating: 
4
This case gave me a different perspective on how to see taxes and what they represent for a country and the people in it. It is a well-written case that makes you think in long term.