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BIR Announces Taxpayer Assistance Program Begins

The V.I. Bureau of Internal Revenue will begin its annual Taxpayer Assistance Program to help taxpayers during the tax season with filing 2010 income tax returns. This is a free service offered to those who are filing simple tax returns with the bureau, according to a press release from Claudette Watson-Anderson, director of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue
The program will begin on all three islands on Saturday, Feb. 26, and will run every Saturday until April 9. This free service is provided by designated bureau personnel and will include answering questions about filing returns and completing tax forms 1040EZ and 1040A. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.
On St. Thomas, assistance will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the bureau’s office at 9601 Estate Thomas, next to Pueblo in Long Bay. On St. Croix, the program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the bureau’s office at 4008 Estate Diamond. On St. John, taxpayer assistance will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the bureau’s office at the Motor Vehicle Bureau in Cruz Bay.
Taxpayers should have available all W-2s, W-2Ps (Retirement Income), Form 1099s (Interest and Other Income), and Form SSA (Social Security Income).
Please refer questions about the Taxpayer Assistance Program on St. Thomas and St. John to Alonzo Brady at 715-1040, ext. 2238, and on St. Croix to Ramon Carrasquillo at 773-1040, ext. 4233.
The taxpayer is reminded that it is against the law for any BIR employee to charge fees for preparation of a tax return. Any taxpayer who can provide proof of payment to a BIR employee for the preparation of tax returns is asked to call Director Watson-Anderson at 773-1040, ext. 4223, to report this violation.

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