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OIA Supports USVI Bureau of Internal Revenue



Date: September 1, 2011
For more information please contact:
Rebecca Zepeda (202) 208-2534
Rebecca_Zepeda@ios.doi.gov

Washington, DC - The Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) issued a $1,125,000 grant to the United States Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to bolster existing efforts in administering and enforcing internal revenue tax laws.  Funds will go toward improving the BIR’s capacity to purchase new technical equipment, hire new consultants and increase additional senior management staff.

“The new tools purchased with this funding should increase efficiency, provide greater transparency, and reduce fraud,” said Assistant Secretary Babauta.  “Governor de Jongh and I have been working closely to address many issues which face the USVI and I am pleased to be able to support this effort which strengthens and supplements the BIR’s efforts to improve the delivery of services while ensuring tax responsibilities are met and done so equitably.”