A lot of people who work for the World Bank, Pan American Union and other international outfits were upset by the May 30 column about their tax-paid salaries. The General Accounting Office, which studied compensation of the 8,000 or so international workers here, said their Social Security, local and federal taxes are paid by their agencies. Local taxes, yes, Federal taxes, yes, but not Social Security.
Americans working for the international banks, health and welfare organizations do have to pay Social Security themselves (like most of us) as if they were self-employed. It is true, workers say, that they are reimbursed for their taxes, but say that except for top executives - who make more than Cabinet officers or members of Congress - their pay is low by industry standards, hence the helping hand with the U.S. taxes.
Wrote G.S. of Arlington: " . . . I think you should print the fact that the salaries at the international organizations around Washington are considerably lower than many in the American private sector. This is just exactly because they consider the difference to be made up in the fact that they pay our taxes for us." More on the international community salary structure later.