AMERICAN SAMOA BUSINESSES UNDER PRESSURE TO PAY TAXES

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 7, 1997 - PACNEWS)---The American Samoan government is cracking down on businesses which are not up to date with tax payments.

More than 500 such businesses have received warnings from Treasurer Tifimalae Ale to pay up, or their business licenses will not be renewed next year.

Of particular concern to the Treasurer are employers who have withheld taxes from their workers but have not turned them in to the tax collection office.

Tifimalae says $36.6 million was paid by individuals in income taxes during 1996, but the government has not received all funds due because many businesses have not turned in employee taxes withheld.

Tifimalae says another problem involves companies not paying corporate income taxes. He estimated the unpaid 1996 taxes in this category to be in the vicinity of $10 million.

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