11.1607 General requirements for exemption.

Cite as [A.S.C.A. 11.1607]

In order to qualify for a certificate of tax exemption, an industrial or business enterprise must:

(1) be an enterprise owned by a person who is, or a partnership one of whose members is, a resident of American Samoa; or be a corporation created under the laws of American Samoa or a foreign corporation authorized by the laws of American Samoa to do business in American Samoa;

(2) undertake to employ, at the prevailing wage rate, or at not less than the minimum wage rate provided by law, residents of American Samoa to the extent of at least 75% of the total working force, with the concurrence of the Governor. A temporary waiver may be granted for a period not to exceed 6 months at any one time when residents with the necessary ability to perform the services required at the prevailing wage rates are not available within American Samoa and the industry or business will be greatly handicapped as a result of hiring 75% American Samoans. The Board, with the concurrence of the Governor, may revoke or modify the temporary waiver before its expiration if it determines that residents possessing the necessary ability have become available in American Samoa and that such information has been furnished to the person, partnership or corporation. A resident means any person who has resided continuously in American Samoa for not less than 5 years immediately prior to the date of application for employment, or who was born in American Samoa and who has resided therein not less than 1 year immediately prior to the application.

History: 1962, PL 7-37; 1963, PL 84.