The Wall Street Journal: U.S. tax investigators have new questions for Caterpillar

Federal investigators believe Caterpillar Inc. failed to submit numerous required export filings with the government in recent years, adding to questions facing the manufacturing giant, people familiar with the matter said.

The findings are preliminary, these people said, but offer an avenue for investigators to examine whether missing export submissions were part of a possible effort by the Peoria, Ill.-based maker of yellow bulldozers, mining trucks and other heavy equipment to avoid paying taxes.

The possible missing export filings were discovered as part of a continuing criminal probe into potential export and tax violations at Caterpillar, according to the people familiar with the matter.

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