Publish date: December 31, 2018
Founded in 1919, Halliburton is one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the energy industry. With approximately 50,000 employees, representing 140 nationalities in approximately 70 countries, the company helps its customers maximize value through the lifecycle of the reservoir – from locating hydrocarbons and managing geological data, to drilling and formation evaluation, well construction and completion, and optimizing production throughout the life of the asset.
Our business comprises 14 product service lines which operate in two divisions, Drilling and Evaluation and Completion and Production. The Company’s Consulting and Project Management PSL works across both divisions and is the spearhead of our integrated-services strategy. Sustainability is integral to our overall strategy as we seek to deliver long-term financial value while minimizing our environmental footprint and having a positive impact on society.
Halliburton endeavours to ensure that all tax return filings and related payments are timely, accurate, complete and in compliance with the applicable tax laws, rules and regulations for the countries in which we operate.
Halliburton’s Tax Department applies diligent professional care and judgment, including ensuring that all decisions are taken at an appropriate level and supported by relevant documentation.
The Tax governance framework and management of Halliburton’s tax affairs are taken at the appropriate levels and in accordance with policies that are in place to clearly identify responsibilities across the organisation. The tax governance hierarchy can be described as follows:
- The Board of Directors of Halliburton Company has overall responsibility for global tax affairs.
- Both Halliburton’s Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Tax are accountable to the Board.
- Halliburton’s Tax Department, for which the Senior Vice President, Tax is responsible, forms part of the Finance Organization for which the Chief Financial Officer is responsible.
- The Tax Department is responsible for overseeing and managing all tax affairs for the company worldwide.
- The day-to-day tax matters administrated by the Tax Department at the operational country level are assigned to Regional Tax Managers residing in numerous locations around the world in proximity to their area of geographic responsibility.
Halliburton prides itself in paying the appropriate amount of tax in accordance with the various tax systems in place in the jurisdictions in which it operates knowing that to do so helps to enhance the economies and lives of the citizens of those jurisdictions. This forms part of Halliburton’s commitment to remaining a principled corporate citizen while creating sustainable value for its shareholders.
Tax Risk Management
Given the size of Halliburton’s business and the number of jurisdictions in which we operate, risk is inherent in tax filing positions based in large part on the fact that tax laws may suffer from various interpretations.
In all jurisdictions, Halliburton exercises care in our tax affairs to ensure accurate and timely reporting. Should errors or omissions be identified, our practice is to determine the correct treatment and quantify the relevant amount as soon as possible and to the extent possible voluntarily disclose and remediate.
Where necessary to better manage tax risk and/or to ensure accurate payment of taxes where uncertainty in fact or interpretation of tax law may exist, Halliburton will routinely consult with external tax advisors to support and document the appropriate decision.
Code of business conduct
At Halliburton we are committed to conducting business with the highest levels of integrity, in full compliance with both the letter and spirit of the law. As part of this commitment, we must do the right thing and make the right choices as we undertake our daily activities.
All Halliburton employees are accountable for upholding and abiding by the Code of Business Conduct. It applies equally to all employees, directors and officers of the Company, and to all third parties that conduct business on Halliburton’s behalf.
Halliburton’s ultimate goal is to deliver long term value to its shareholders and accordingly will pursue tax planning opportunities that promise to deliver that value assuming they are aligned with Halliburton’s overall commercial/business strategy and Code of Business Conduct.
The Tax Department is therefore involved in working with our product service lines and regional businesses to structure tax affairs in a commercially based and efficient manner. As part of that effort the Tax Department will constantly evaluate tax planning opportunities with the business and within clearly defined risk parameters.
Relationship with Tax Authorities
Halliburton is committed to working in a positive, proactive, and transparent manner with Tax Authorities in all jurisdictions in which we operate. The goal in doing so is to achieve certainty, minimize disputes and reach mutually agreeable outcomes if possible. In the UK specifically, this effort is achieved through an active and engaging dialogue with HMRC’s Customer Relationship Manager program.
Halliburton prepared this document in accordance with the requirements under Paragraph 16(2), Schedule 19, of the Finance Act 2016 to publish a group tax strategy.