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BIR, UVI Offer Free Volunteer Taxpayer Assistance Program

Marvin L. Pickering, director of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and Dr. Dion Guows, chair of Accounting and Finance of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), have announced the continued partnership that allows accounting students at the university to provide a great community service to taxpayers. BIR’s audit staff and the UVI students will help taxpayers with the filing of their 2015 income tax returns. This is a free service offered to taxpayers who are filing simple tax returns with the bureau.
The Volunteer Taxpayer Assistance Program will start on all three islands on Saturday, Feb. 20, and will run every Saturday until April 9, with the exception of Saturday, March 26. Assistance will be provided on a first-come first-serve basis, and the interns will be completing Forms 1040EZ and 1040A only.
On St. Thomas, the program will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the BIR Office at 6115 Estate Smith Bay, Red Hook, across the street from the Red Hook dock.
On St. Croix, the program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the BIR Office at 4008 Estate Diamond.
On St. John, the program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the BIR Office at the Motor Vehicle Bureau in Cruz Bay.
Taxpayers should have available all W-2VIs, 1099Rs (retirement income), other Form 1099s (interest and other income), and Form SSA (Social Security income) readily available when they arrive at the office.
Please refer questions about the Volunteer Taxpayer Assistance Program on St. Thomas and St. John at 715-1040 and on St. Croix at 773-1040.
Director Pickering also reminds the taxpaying public 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 Pickering at 773-1040, ext. 4223 to report this violation.

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