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sail2wind
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June 16, 2009 5:10 pm  

Is my understanding that USVI ignores federal mandates on 941 reporting procedures for wages? Are the islands that autonomous, that the feds do not collect taxes, ie. Fed withholding, FICA, FUI, Soc Security. How do you file payroll taxes an employer.? So, you get a job, do not get paid and get fired if you complain. In USVI, who is the arm of the federal government? Is there an IRS? This seems pretty third world, is this the USVI or Cuba? I'm sure dntw8up will enlighten me.


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Betty
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June 16, 2009 5:48 pm  

Withholding gets paid to the VIRIB and stays in the island SS, FUI, Medicare go to the feds. You pay the feds just like you would stateside, with EPTFS being the easiest way. You pay the local govt by going down to the VIRIB and paying them and getting copies of the forms you pay them with stamp. The local irs is the VIRIB, you need to do a little homework. Its not third world but we are a territoriality and not a state. All this stuff is nothing an average employee will ever even bother with.

An employee has more rights here then the employer. Which it turns out is an unfortunate thing. Customer service here is horrible.


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dntw8up
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June 16, 2009 7:35 pm  

"I'm sure dntw8up will enlighten me."

:S Is this a dig, your way of saying you don't want me to comment on your posts?


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June 16, 2009 8:46 pm  

sail2wind: As Betty pointed out, the USVI is an unincorporated territory of the US. We are owned by- some would say we are a colony of- the US government. That said, they have allowed the local government to collect taxes and use the revenue, in a mirror system of the IRS. The local group is called the Internal Revenue Bureau. Labor laws are very restrictive for employers; many have very interesting stories about being held hostage by an employee and the Labor Department.

And you be nice to dnt or you WILL get stogie smoke blown in your eyes! 😉


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sail2wind
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June 16, 2009 10:37 pm  

"I'm sure dntw8up will enlighten me."

:S Is this a dig, your way of saying you don't want me to comment on your posts?

Absolutely not, I honestly think you have a wealth of information and you are fair to all. Not a knock at all, I apologize if you took it that way.
dntw8up, you have been extremely helpful with my son GregSTT, who is moving to the islands in the end of July.

I am kind of confused as to the employees having "all this power", but do not get paid. If you did not pay your payroll taxes, as an employer (in the states), you would be shut down in 90 days.


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Juanita
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June 16, 2009 11:44 pm  

My first waitress job on STT paid $25 shift pay per day, didn't matter how long the shift was. We wrote out a petty cash slip at the end of the shift and the bartender gave us cash. Not only did they not deduct anything, they didn't know my social security number or even my last name. The second place I worked was almost as loose. They paid $3.13/hr, a weekly paycheck, but they still didn't have my ss number. No deductions.

Another point, a lot of employers consider the people working for them to be independent contractors or casual labor. That changes things a bit. There are still regulations, but it puts more of the responsibility for reporting (and paying) on the "employee".


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sail2wind
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June 17, 2009 1:01 am  

Technically, you are not contract labor if given time and direction. Does USVI abide by the federal minimum wages at $7.26? True, in the states servers are paid different hourly wages depending on state, Colorado is $4.26, servers must declare a minimum of $3.00 an hour, equallinh the minimum wage. California is full minimum wage, plus tips. We are only allowed to pay a maximum of $600. a year, per person for contract labor. any more would require me to fill out a 1099, where the employee would be responsible for their own taxes.


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Betty
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June 17, 2009 2:27 am  

Minimum wage does not go up to $7.25 until July 24th this year. Its currently at $6.55.

With waiters it always different what they get paid. It does vary from state to state. Usually employees are not contract labor or casual labor as it is usually called here. They are usually on the payroll but it all depends on what you work out with your owner. Quite a bit of people getting paid under the table here as well, not so much waiters though. When I waited in Texas it was and still is last I heard $2.13 an hour. Taxes were taken out of my $2.13 and hour and then I had to declare at least 10% of my gross sales as tips. It just varies. You'll get the lay of the land when you get here I really wouldn't worry or stress out about it. Tips are going to be your main income regardless.


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August 2, 2009 5:27 pm  

get paid yet?


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