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BeachcomberStt
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July 29, 2013 10:23 pm  

BY JENNY KANE (DAILY NEWS STAFF)
Published: July 27, 2013

ST. THOMAS - It is probably best not to hold one's breath waiting for tax refunds within the U.S. Virgin Islands.As with the past few years, locals are still waiting to receive their 2012 tax refunds, but some from 2011."I don't know when refunds will be paid," said V.I. Internal Revenue Bureau director Claudette Watson-Anderson. "We collect, but we don't make enough to refund it yet."The bureau has for years struggled to send out refunds in a timely manner, especially in the past few years, because collections have decreased, Watson-Anderson said.The bureau, though, also has less to refund taxpayers.Last year, it refunded taxpayers about $95 million, Watson-Anderson said, and this year, it expects to refund about $82 million."It's not that the bureau is inefficient, it's that they don't have the money," said Kurt Petri, an attorney on St. Thomas.Petri receives a few calls each year in regards to late tax refunds, though every time he receives those calls, he says little to the caller."I discourage them from having me look into it because there's no point in them paying me to fix something I can't change," Petri said."The government's in a budget crisis. I can't do anything about that."With budget issues not expected to be ironed out any time soon, it is not expected for these tax refund woes to get ironed out either in the near future."I'm not expecting to get my taxes back any time soon," Petri said.- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.


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STXBob
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July 29, 2013 11:19 pm  

Here's a thought experiment: What if nobody overpaid their taxes, and nobody was owed a refund? What would the government do without our loaner money?


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Alana33
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July 30, 2013 2:32 am  

I pay what I owe so I don't have to wait for a refund.
Back in the 90's I waited over 3 yrs. for a refund and learned my lesson.


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East Ender
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July 30, 2013 11:09 am  

Alana: I think that is what a lot of people do. VIsnorkeler has moved on and wants the money to go to Hawaii now. 😉


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Alana33
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July 30, 2013 1:30 pm  

Unfortunately, VIsnorkeler is going to have to wait like everyone else to get their refunds as per the Daily News article above.
She may get lucky but I wouldn't hold my breath.

Ya can't get blood from stone nor money from the VI Government.
Our Legislature has no idea of how to budget themselves, let alone any other Government Offices/Entities.


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gonetropo
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July 30, 2013 2:06 pm  

Here's a thought experiment: What if nobody overpaid their taxes, and nobody was owed a refund? What would the government do without our loaner money?

Better yet, set it up so ALL of us owe taxes and DON'T PAY THEM! Just send your 1040 in with no check! Do you think it would take 2-3 years for them to find you? I seriously doubt it.

We have been dealing the IRB yahoos for 3 years regarding an error THEY made and after countless calls, registered letters (which they say they can't find), endless hours waiting on the phone to just be disconnected, we can't even get anyone to return a call. They don't have a clue and should all be fired!


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stjohnjulie
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August 1, 2013 11:17 am  

Looks like they are giving out 2012 refunds.... http://stjohnsource.com/content/news/local-news/2013/08/01/vi-answer-desk-2012-tax-refunds
Would love to hear if/when anyone receives their refund.


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