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Spring 6-10-2018


This article aims to investigate the incremental value of book-tax differences (BTD) for the future earnings post the Egyptian revolution crisis and also examine the changes in BTD information under earnings discretionary overestimation versus underestimation by Egyptian stock exchange (EGX) listed firms. The findings show a negative incremental BTD value for the one-year ahead earnings performance. This finding is more pronounced for large BTD regardless of its sign (positive/ negative). However, large BTD negative implications are more evident in firms managing earning upward. The findings advocate that BTD are more likely to be driven by earnings manipulation incentives than tax management incentives. The findings suggest a regulatory disclosure policy of a reconciliation of book and taxable incomes to help improve investors’ understanding of the BTD potential sources.

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