Friday, December 19, 2008

Martha must pay taxes on house

December 19, 1940

Crown Princess Martha of Norway learned today that she must pay Maryland income tax if she continues to live in the state. She is leasing a house in Bethesda, Maryland. Both Norwegian minister and the Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles questioned the tax on the Princess. Welles said: "Her Royal Highness came to the United States upon the invitation of this government, and is a guest in this country under unusual circumstances."
Princess Martha's status as a guest in the country has no relevancy to not paying state income tax in Maryland is the legal view, however.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A "star" map for Bethesda, like the one available in Beverly Hills, would be a very interesting thing! Some fascinating people live or have lived there (including some I know well).