MAIN OFFENDER: Mapp Admits That He Was A Prominent Tax Cheat … But Promises To Repay $100K
Deadbeat Mapp said that $400 million in taxes are owed to the territory (including what he and Hansen owe) and that he has authorized the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Department of Justice to take “robust action” to collect at least 15 percent of what is due before the close of the fiscal year in September.
Mapp said today that, as part of ongoing efforts to avoid paying taxes in full until he is sure that he and Hansen will be re-elected, he has directed the formation of a NEW Task Force, led by local BIR and the V.I. (joke) Department of Justice Claude Walker who he says are dedicated to collecting delinquent taxes and prosecuting those that seek to defraud the Government, except for he and Hansen.
Mapp said that the approximately $430 million in delinquencies included income taxes, gross receipt taxes and hotel occupancy taxes owed over past 10 years.
Included in this figure is also $106 million in delinquent property taxes. Earlier this month the Governor announced a new, concerted effort to recoup taxes owed by property owners and urged those who owed taxes to set up a payment plan or risk having their properties sold at auction.
- Employers filing W-2s or 1099s with BIR, but no corresponding returns are filed by those receiving payment.
- Individuals or businesses who file taxes without paying in full or who negotiate payment plans that are not satisfied.
- Virgin Islands residents or businesses who improperly file returns outside the Territory.
The Governor has requested that the Task Force provide monthly reports on its collection efforts. He added that no favoritism will come into play when going after tax evaders and that he “doesn’t want to know the names” of those BIR is pursuing. Additional auditors, attorneys and investigators will be assigned to assist in collection efforts.