TAXES: The Case of Aramco

Wyoming's Democratic Senator Joseph C. O'Mahoney, who has been sniping away for months at the foreign operations of U.S. oil firms, last week developed a new line of attack. He asked the Administration to consider imposing a tariff on oil imports, to offset "the threat to our national security" resulting from the loss of tax revenues from overseas oil operations. What Senator O'Mahoney meant in particular was the Arabian American Oil Co.'s tax arrangement with Saudi Arabia, through which Aramco last year avoided paying a penny of corporate income tax to the U.S. Treasury.

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