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BIR Director Says Everyone Must File A 1040 Form In Territory This Year

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Joel Lee, director nominee of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue (the Bureau), reminds all bona fide residents of the territory that they are required to file their individual income tax returns in the Virgin Islands with the Bureau.

“Bona fide residents of the Virgin Islands must not file their individual income tax returns, electronically or by mail, with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS),” reminded Director Nominee Lee. This is a violation of the law. The income tax return is only considered filed on the date that it is received by the Bureau, not the date received by the IRS. Taxpayers who receive erroneous refunds from the IRS will have to repay the erroneous refund issued by the IRS, and will be subject to penalties and interest. The due date for tax returns this year is Monday, April 15, 2019.

Taxpayers are also reminded that the 2018 tax return has been revised. The format has changed significantly, so taxpayers are asked to review the tax return and ensure that the information being provided is accurate. Taxpayers must use Form 1040 to file their 2018 taxes. Forms 1040A and 1040EZ are no longer available for use by taxpayers.

Self-employed taxpayers are required to file two tax returns. The individual income tax return (Form 1040) and the self-employment tax return (Form 1040SS). The Form 1040 is filed with the Bureau. The self-employment tax return must be mailed to the IRS. Please do not include payment of self employment taxes on your Form 1040.

Lee said that there is no electronic filing in the Virgin Islands. Taxpayers must submit or mail the returns to the Bureau for processing.

For more information about filing requirements for bona fide residents, please call the Office of Chief Counsel at (340) 715-1040, ext. 2249 or (340) 714-9312.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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