NO SUPPORT AT THE TOP FOR HIGHER SAMOA TAXES

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APIA, Samoa (June 26, 2002 – Radio Australia)---Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has told Parliament that the country must not give the impression that it is going to penalize entrepreneurs by requiring they pay high taxes.

Member of Parliament Unasa Mesi is calling for business people with high incomes to pay a higher tax percentage.

But the Prime Minister says business people create jobs faster than government can and imposing different levels of tax is a thing of the past.

He says the top bracket is presently 29 percent and big businesses already contribute a major share of the country's tax income.

The prime minister says commercial people work hard to make their businesses viable and, in doing so, create jobs.

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