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The head of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee is seeking details from Bristol Myers Squibb (BMY) about a decade-old deal in which the company used offshore subsidiaries in Ireland allegedly to avoid paying as much as $1.4 billion in U.S. taxes on prescription drug sales.

The query is part of an ongoing investigation into tax practices by multi-national pharmaceutical companies and how tax loopholes allow these drug makers to avoid paying U.S. taxes. Last June, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who chairs the committee, accused AbbVie (ABBV) of shifting profits offshore and registering patents in low-tax jurisdictions to consistently avoid paying U.S. corporate income taxes.

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