Bloomberg Tax
Nov. 25, 2019, 10:15 PMUpdated: Nov. 25, 2019, 11:35 PM

BP Deepwater Horizon $12.9 Billion Tax Fraud Case Moves Ahead (1)

Aysha Bagchi
Aysha Bagchi

A whistleblower claim alleging that oil giant BP Plc fraudulently deducted $12.9 billion from its taxes should continue, the U.S. Tax Court ruled in a divided decision.

The case concerns a whistleblower’s allegation that BP deducted certain work as part of the clean-up of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill when it actually spent the money trying to conceal the spill’s size.

“I’m determined to make BP pay,” Richard E. Lacey, the whistleblower, told Bloomberg Tax. “They wronged the country.”

The decision clarified that the Tax Court believes it has authority under tax code Section 7623 not ...

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