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STIMULUS CHECKS

Crowds of people under tent waiting to cash stimulus checks
For the second week stimulus checks are being released to tax payers and Thursday morning a tent in front of the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS) in Utulei was packed with people getting ready to cash their checks. [photo by AF]
People lined up in front of Lee Auditorium
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Gov. H. Rex. Lee Auditorium was packed with people waiting to receive their stimulus checks yesterday. The distribution location was for people who did not list a post office box on their tax returns, or did not sign up for direct deposit. A COVID-19 vaccination shot...
StarKist plant in American Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Pittsburg-based StarKist Co., has confirmed that production at its StarKist Samoa Inc. facility in American Samoa will shut down all next week due to fish shortages, as the head count of the workforce remains low creating a ripple effect for cannery operations. Samoa...
Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With long lines and an extended wait time at banks expected with the release of the third federally funded Economic Impact Payments (EIP) — or stimulus checks — the Territorial Bank of American Samoa is extending hours of operations starting today, May 6th, through May...
Snippet of Recovery Rebate Form
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As the third federally funded Economic Impact Payment (EIP) — or stimulus checks — start to roll out in three batches, starting this week, taxpayers have been inquiring, not only with Samoa News, but also with the Tax Office about those who haven’t received the previous...
USPS sign at Pago Pago Post Office
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — ASG Treasury Department, through an Apr. 26th “Economic Impact Payment (EIP) Information” document, provided additional information on the release of the third EIP — or stimulus checks — of $1,400 for qualified tax payers. It confirms that the distributions will be made...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga and Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The first round of the third federally-funded Economic Impact Payment (EIP) — or stimulus checks — which is $1,400 per qualified tax payer — is expected to be released next week, the first week of May. Responding to Samoa News inquiries, Maryann Olo with the ASG Tax...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga (left) and Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale (right)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With the third stimulus check of $1,400 per qualified tax payer to be released “soon”, in which a family of ten is estimated to get $14,000. Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale, urged the territory’s workforce not to quit their jobs, but save that money for rain days...
 ASG Treasurer Malemo Tausaga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The first batch of refund checks for tax year 2020 — more than $700,000 — is scheduled for release today, Friday, Feb. 26. A majority of those getting the first round of refunds are cannery workers, who usually file early. In a brief statement yesterday afternoon, ASG...
Crowd at EOB
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Batch #2 of the second round of Economic Impact Payments (EIP) — or stimulus checks as part of the federal COVID Related Tax Relief Act, was released yesterday by the ASG Treasury. And those who came to the Disbursing Office don’t have mailing addresses on their 2019 tax...

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