Last month Halliburton revealed to the US Securities and Exchange Commission that it may owe up to $5 million in taxes to Nigeria. The company also disclosed that it paid $2.4 million to an entity owned by a Nigerian national in order to get favorable tax treatment.
The company, which was once run by current US vice president Dick Cheney, said the payment was a clear breach of its code of conduct and internal control procedures. It stressed that no senior officers were involved and that a number of employees involved in the payment had been fired. The company says it is cooperating with the SEC in its review of the situation.
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