Caterpillar Tax Fraud Allegations Surface, Not Just Negligence
The New York Times is raising the question of Tax and Accounting Fraud by Peoria-based Caterpillar, Incorporated, not just negligence in taxes owed. Citing a confidential report to federal investigators, the Times alleges Caterpillar did not comply with either U.S. tax law or U.S. financial reporting rules.
Leslie Robinson of the Accounting Department at Dartmouth is the author of the report. The story quoted Robinson saying she believed the company's non compliance was deliberate and primarily with the intention of maintaining a higher share price.
The report outlines an alleged strategy by Caterpillar for bringing into this country billions of dollars in profits made overseas by calling them short term loans insteadf of earnings, to avoid income taxes.
Caterpillar declined comment saying it had not been provided a copy of the report.
Numerous federal agencies raided Caterpillar facilities in the Peoria area last week using search warrants for financial documents focusing on the Cat subsidiary in Switzerland.
Caterpillar has referred to tax practices in the past as prudent and appropriate.
A 2014 Senate hearing found Caterpillar cut its taxes by more than $2 billion per year by sending earnings to Switzerland. The Internal Revenue Service has been seeking that sum and the issue has been in dispute.
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