[Comments on S. 1640]

B-212580: Published: May 9, 1984. Publicly Released: May 9, 1984.

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GAO discussed S. 1640 which would reimburse State and local governments for tax revenues lost on tax-exempt properties owned by foreign governments and international organizations. If the bill is enacted, implementation would be hindered by: (1) incomplete information at the Federal level regarding the location of diplomatic properties; (2) differing interpretations as to which properties would qualify for exemptions; and (3) differences in real estate tax structures and tax administration in States and localities. GAO noted that legislation covering such programs has proliferated in the past and caused many problems. GAO concluded that if Congress intends to authorize such programs, a unified policy is needed.

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