860p.512 Residence/1: Telegram

The Minister in Latvia (Coleman) to the Secretary of State

75. Does Department perceive any objection to Legation sending a note to the Latvian Foreign Office stating that Latvian nationals resident in the United States are not subject to the payment of a residence tax and requesting that American citizens in Latvia be accorded similar treatment? Under the present law, American citizens residing in Latvia are obliged to pay a residence tax of 2 lats a week or 60 lats per annum.

British Government through a similar note has obtained a reduction of residence tax to 2 lats per annum on the basis of reciprocity.