UVI students to offer tax help

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Accounting students of the University of the Virgin Islands, in partnership with the V.I. Internal Revenue Bureau, will be available to help residents file their 2013 income tax returns.

This is a free service offered to taxpayers who are filing simple tax returns with the Internal Revenue Bureau.

The Volunteer Taxpayer Assistance Program started on all three islands on Saturday and will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday until April 5. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the interns will be completing Forms 1040EZ and 1040A only.

- On St. Thomas, the program will be at the Internal Revenue Bureau's office at 6115 Estate Smith Bay in Red Hook, across the street from the Red Hook ferry dock.

- On St. Croix, the program will be at the Internal Revenue Bureau's office at 4008 Estate Diamond.

- On St. John, the program will be at the Internal Revenue Bureau's office at the Motor Vehicle Bureau in Cruz Bay.

Taxpayers should have all forms - W-2, W-2P (Retirement Income), Form 1099 (Interest and Other Income), and Form SSA (Social Security Income) - readily available.

For more information about the Volunteer Taxpayer Assistance Program, call 715-1040 on St. Thomas and St. John and 773-1040 on St. Croix.

Claudette Watson Anderson, director of the Internal Revenue Bureau, also reminds taxpayers that it is against the law for any bureau employee to charge fees for preparation of a tax return.

Any taxpayer who can provide proof of payment to a bureau employee for the preparation of tax returns can call Watson Anderson at 773-1040 ext. 4223 to report this violation.

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