Category Taxation in Samoa

Ministers Face Taxation in Samoa

June 6, 2017 Taxation in Samoa

Church tax in SamoaAPIA – The clergy of Samoan churches may soon have to pay tax on the monetary gifts that they are given, despite protestation from the churches and members of the public.

The government of Samoa has now approved legislation which will force church ministers in the country pay taxes.

Currently, personal donations made to the ministers by people within their congregation are not taxed on personal donations made to them due to their work in the church.

The government hopes to tax such donations, as it sees the funds as being an income and believes that all individuals in the country should pay their share of the national tax burden.

The government has allowed a tax-free threshold to be implemented, with ministers who earn less than USD 7 500 being allowed to forego paying taxes in the offer...

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Samoa Needs Revenue From Offshore Trusts

July 5, 2016 Taxation in Samoa

APIA – The Prime Minister of Samoa has defended his nation’s status as a tax haven, saying that it needs the revenues to fund social programs.

During a recent state visit to Brussels the Prime Minister of Samoa Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi claimed that his country is heavily dependent on the incomes gathered from registration and maintenance of “offshore” companies and trusts.

Samoa was recently highlighted as a significant tax haven in the “Panama Papers”, with revelations that the offshore provider Mossack Fonseca has helped register at least 5 000 trusts and companies on the small island nation.

The Prime Minister said that the revenues and royalties collected from the companies and trusts are vital to the nation, and the gathered funds are used to pay for anti-drug prog...

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