In a recent New York Times article entitled “An Accidental Disclosure Exposes a $1 Billion Tax Fight With Bristol Myers,” Bryan C. Skarlatos weighed in on the potential outcome of a tax controversy between the Internal Revenue Service and Bristol Myers Squibb, an American drugmaker. The dispute with the IRS centers on Bristol Myers’ offshore tax arrangement. The IRS now claims that Bristol Myers owes approximately $1.4 billion in back taxes.
As the article states:
“The current status of the tax dispute is not clear. Similar disputes have spent years winding through the I.R.S.’s appeals process before leading to settlements. Companies often agree to pay a small fraction of what the I.R.S. claims was owed.
“There is a real chance that a matter like this could be settled for as little as 30 percent” of the amount in dispute, said Bryan Skarlatos, a tax lawyer at Kostelanetz & Fink.
In that case, the allegedly abusive tax shelter would have saved Bristol Myers nearly $1 billion.”
Read the entire article here.