A U.S.-Germany treaty dispute that has exposed large numbers of U.S service members and Defense Department support staff to tax penalties in the European country was not ‘on my radar,’ Secretary of State Antony Blinken said this week, according to a report.
When asked about the matter, Blinken told a reporter to "take that up with the embassy" in Germany – but pledged that he would later "double back and look into it," Stars and Stripes reported.
Blinken was in Germany meeting with U.S. allies about evacuation efforts in Afghanistan, according to the report.
The tax dispute centers on the interpretation of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement, which Blinken, as head of the State Department, oversees.
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In some cases, U.S. military personnel in Germany have been penalized as much as six figures, Stars and Stripes reported, noting that the affected service members must also pay their U.S. income tax.