26 May 2020

American Samoan Cabinet members not filing taxes

12:59 pm on 26 May 2020

American Samoa's Governor says some members of Cabinet have not filed their tax returns in years.

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Photo: RNZI / Monica Miller

Lolo Matalasi Moliga made the revelation during a Cabinet meeting over the weekend.

The governor said he had often told directors they should set the example for the rest of the US territory.

He urged directors to file their taxes so the government could earn revenue, and he suggested the reason why some were not filing was because they owed money.

Lolo said he learned from the Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe'a that three or four directors had not filed their taxes for four years.

But now that stimulus money was being distributed they had started filing their returns.

Taxpayers in American Samoa received nearly $US24 million in stimulus cheques from the US Government this month as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security or CARES Act.

The money covered 9,300 taxpayers and their qualified dependants who filed their 2019 taxes up to 13 May.

A second round of cheques is due at the end of the month for those who have filed their 2018 returns.