The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Great Britain (Atherton)
Sir: The Department refers to your despatch No. 748 dated March 21, 1933, and the Department’s instruction No. 467 dated April 7, 1933,26 concerning the assessment of British taxes on the salaries of British employees in American consulates and encloses a copy of a letter dated May 24, 1933,25 received from the Secretary of the Treasury with regard to this matter. You will note that the Secretary of the Treasury expresses the opinion that it would aid the Internal Revenue Bureau of the Treasury Department in seeing that proper returns are filed by citizens of the United States employed in British consulates in this country, if information returns are furnished to our collectors of internal revenue by British consular officers in the United States. He therefore states that it would be desirable to have the proposed agreement consummated on a reciprocal basis.
You are instructed to take up the matter with the Foreign Office with a view to having the proposed exchange of notes amended to provide for the furnishing of information concerning the amounts paid to this class of employees in consulates upon a reciprocal basis.
Very truly yours,