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BIR Director Pickering Says That Excise Taxes Will Soon Be Able To Be Paid Online With A Credit Card

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Bureau of Internal Revenue says it will soon offer an online option for taxpayers needing to make an Excise Tax payment. according to BIR director Marvin Pickering.

Excise taxpayers can now enter their excise tax returns online and immediately pay the taxes through MasterCard or VISA, Pickering said in a prepared statement.

Taxpayers clearing personal items, which are exempt from excise tax, can also clear those shipments from their offices or the comfort of their homes, he said.

Pickering said that the public should be aware that shipments, including those through the U.S. Postal Service and other commercial delivery services, are subject to clearance through the excise tax office.

  “This is an exciting time for the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue. We are embracing the benefits of technology, to ensure that our taxpayers can obtain their imported goods timely and efficiently,” stated Director Pickering.  Excise taxpayers were invited to training sessions, which were held on all three islands, from Tuesday through Thursday of this week.  The taxpayers received a step by step tutorial of the online payment process.  The excise tax online system goes live on Friday, May 20, 2016.

Pickering thanked the Bureau employees who contributed to the success of this endeavor, especially the Excise and Computer Operations staff.  In addition, the Bureau received support from corporate partners, namely Raw Data, FirstBankVI, and Evertec, whose participation also contributed to this accomplishment.

He said that taxpayers are asked to use the excise tax online program through the Bureau’s website, and clicking on Excise Tax Data Program.

Taxpayers with questions concerning the online payment process should contact Glenford Hodge, Supervisor of the Excise Tax Division, at (340) 715-1050, extension 3201.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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