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Tax break for canneries

This article was originally published in Foodnews

AMERICAN Samoa's two canneries, facing higher costs due to hikes in the territory's minimum wage, may get a break on federal tax credits which are set to expire at the end of the year. The US House of Representatives has approved legislation that includes a one-year extension of the tax credits for the canneries, which will now go to the Senate for consideration. However, it is still unsure whether StarKist and Chicken of the Sea will agree on this option and continue to invest in American Samoa. The two canneries employ around 5 000 people, and related businesses comprise over 80% of the territory's private sector activity.

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