The Ambassador in China (Stuart) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 5—4:15 a.m.]
1655. Re ConGen despatch 248, June 28 to Embassy (copies also sent Department) regarding payment of land value tax on U. S. Consular lot assessed against U. S. Government. Please instruct Embassy whether Department desires it request tax exemption in reference case and if so basis upon which such request should be made.
Embassy points out that present case may constitute precedent regarding taxation extensive Consular properties being acquired by U. S. Government under surplus sales agreement. Note in this connection Embassy’s despatch 708, May 8,11 re transfer taxes on property.
Sent Department as 1655, repeated Shanghai as 684.
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