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Tax exemption renewed

This article was originally published in Foodnews

AMERICAN Samoa's Governor, Togiola Tulafono, has signed a oneyear tax exemption certificate for StarKist Samoa. The cannery's exemption agreement expired on 30 April and it sought a special one-year exemption. The approved tax rate would have the cannery pay corporate taxes of around US$1.0 million every quarter, say press reports. The company plans to lay off around 100 workers at the end of the month in an attempt to offset the US$0.50/hour increase in the minimum wage, due to come in on 25 May, according to vice president Barry Mills.

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