30 Mar 2015

American Samoa business licence costs could soar

4:56 pm on 30 March 2015

Business licence fees in American Samoa could increase by up to 1000 percent if a bill proposed by the administration is enacted into law.

The governor Lolo Moliga says it has been over 50 years since business licence fees were originally imposed, and he feels a substantial revision is in order.

The government is proposing to set the annual business licence fee for most businesses at $250.

At present the fee for a beer tavern business license is $50 but this could become $500 under the administration's measure.

And an alcoholic beverage licence is now $75 and this could become $500.