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BIR and UVI Offers Tax Preparation Help To People Who Need To Do Returns

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) are teaming up to help people prepare their federal income tax returns.

BIR Director nominee Joel Lee and UVI Accounting Chair Aubrey Washington said UVI accounting students will provide tax help to the community.

The Bureau’s audit staff and the UVI students will help taxpayers with the filing of their 2018 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, February 23, 2019, and will run until April 13, 2019, except for Saturday, March 16 and March 30, 2019. Assistance will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.

On St. Thomas, the program will be at the Bureau’s office at 6115 Estate Smith Bay, in Red Hook, across the street from the Red Hook dock from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

On St. Croix, the program will be held at the Bureau’s office at 4008 Estate Diamond from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. On St. John, the program will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Bureau’s office at the Motor Vehicle Bureau in Cruz Bay.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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