The Norwegian Minister (Bryn) to the Secretary of State
Sir: By the note which I had the honor to address to the Acting Secretary of State on February 28, 1922,2 and Your Excellency’s note of November 14, 1922,3 it was established that reciprocal exemption of income and excess and war profits taxes existed for a non-resident Norwegian or Norwegian corporation in the United States, and for a non-resident American or American corporation in Norway, with regard to income consisting exclusively of earnings derived from the operation of ships under their respective flags; see Norwegian Taxation Laws of August 18, 1911, and the United States Revenue Act of 1921, section 213(b) (8).
By new taxation laws enacted in Norway on August 11, 1924, an amendment has been made to the exemption provisions of the laws of August 18, 1911. I hereby enclose a copy of the new laws4 and a translation into English of the amended provisions according to which persons, companies and corporations belonging in a foreign country are exempt from taxes on property in and income from ship[s] engaged in traffic on a Norwegian port or between Norwegian ports and from taxes from income arising from the sale of tickets for the transportation of persons out of the kingdom; provided that Norwegian persons, companies and corporations are exempt in the country in question from taxes on corresponding activities.
By the new law provisions, the reciprocal exemption of income and excess and war profits taxes in Norway and the United States with regard to income derived from the operation of ships under their respective flags is reaffirmed.