Many Virgin Islands property owners still have some concerns about filing an appeal of 2006 property taxes.
Below is an excerpt from an article about our property tax situation from last week’s Virgin Island Daily News:
The Tax Review Board must be fully functional and provide for due process for taxpayers who dispute the property valuations set in 2006. The court injunction will not be lifted until the court is satisfied that the board is functional and able to hear complaints within 120 days.
James Derr – the lead attorney for the property owners who brought the suit challenging the territory’s tax system – argued that the Tax Review Board has a large backlog of cases dating back to 1995, has no written rules or regulations for appeals, and has no standard for burden of proof for property owners.
Assistant Attorney General Carol Thompson-Jacobs argued that the board now meets regularly and is ready to hear the concerns of property owners.
The entire article can be read by clicking this link:Ã‚Â http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/index.pl/article_home?id=17639432
I spoke to Ms. Chris Rogers, a local attorney who has been appointed the new Director of the VI Board of Tax Review.Ã‚Â She informed me that they are NOT hearing 2006 property tax appeals yet as the court injunction is still in effect.Ã‚Â However, appeals forms and questions or concerns regarding PRE-2006 property taxes only should be directed to her office:
Ms. Chris Rogers, Director
VI Board of Tax Review
c/o: Department of Finance
2314 Kronprindsens Gade
St. Thomas, VI 00802