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Gov. Mapp Says $7.2 Million In Tax Refund Checks Are In The Mail To You

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Department of Finance Commissioner Valdamier Collens and Bureau of Internal Revenue Director Marvin Pickering said that at least 901 Virgin Islanders will receive income tax refunds this week.

Director Pickering said the checks, which total $7.2 million, are to be mailed today.

“This latest release of refunds will bring the total amount of refunds paid under the Mapp-Potter Administration to $187.6 million,” Pickering said. “We have processed more than 14,000 refunds this fiscal year for a total of $40.1 million.”

Taxpayers who timely filed their 2015 and prior tax years returns and have not received their expected refunds, are advised to immediately contact the Bureau. Taxpayers who have not yet filed their 2017 tax returns are urged to do so immediately. Those who filed a valid extension are reminded that they have until October 15, 2018 to submit their returns.

Director Pickering thanked the public for their patience and cooperation.

“We don’t make an announcement every time we send out a batch of returns,” he said. “However, per Governor Mapp’s directive, we will continue to send out as many refund checks as we are able to approximately every two weeks. I would like to express my appreciation to the staff of IRB and the Department of Finance, who continue to process these returns and refunds as quickly as is possible.”

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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