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Office of Tax Collector Issues Property Tax Delinquency Listing for 2015 and Prior Years

Lt. Gov. Tregenza A. Roach Esq. Source file photo)

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor’s Division of Real Property Tax’s Office of the Tax Collector informs property owners of the public listing of delinquent property taxes for tax year 2015 and prior years. This list will be published in newspapers of general circulation in each island district for a period of four weeks, pursuant to the Virgin Islands Code.

All properties, including but not limited to residential, commercial and timeshares, for which property taxes are owed for the years 2015 and prior, will be scheduled for auction sale if payment of property taxes (delinquent taxes, public sewer system user fees and interest) is not received or if an installment payment plan is not arranged within 30 days of the publication.

Property owners named on the listing, who pay their delinquent taxes or enter into installment payment plans, will be removed from the delinquency list. Payment plans will remain available to taxpayers, even after the Property Tax Delinquency publication is issued.

Installment payment plans must be maintained in a current payment status to avoid being included in the auction sale process.

“The Office of the Lieutenant Governor’s Division of Real Property Tax recognizes the solemn duty to provide fair, efficient and transparent management of the property tax system and continues to work diligently to protect the heritage of real property often passed on to Virgin Islanders through inheritance,” said Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach.

Roach also said, “With that focus on fairness and accountability, the Office of the Tax Collector is mindful of the responsibility to enforce the Virgin Islands laws related to property tax delinquency and to maintain fairness to all taxpayers, both on-time and delinquent.”

The following initiatives illustrate the steps that the Office of the Lieutenant Governor has taken to assist property owners with tax delinquencies:

Ensured that full notice of property tax delinquency is provided on each tax bill, delineated by year, to each property owner of record with the issuance of the property bills, and calculated to the date of bill issuance.

In accordance with Title 33 Virgin Islands Code, Section 2494, the lieutenant governor directed the Office of the Tax Collector to provide a tax amnesty for a period of 7½ months. This followed the previous amnesty imposed by Act 8271.

Reduced the deposit amount percentage from 25% to 15% that a taxpayer is required to pay in order to begin an installment payment plan.

Offered and continues to offer payment plans to delinquent taxpayers who were unable to satisfy their property tax obligations during the period that amnesty was made available.

Provided payment plans to property taxpayers or their agents without adversely affecting their credit.

Property owners may contact the Office of the Tax Collector if their name appears on the list but they have paid all delinquent taxes. Additionally, if someone has an active installment payment plan that is in current payment status but the person’s name appears on the list, please contact the Office of the Tax Collector.

Issuance of a Property Tax Delinquency Publication will also be made available on the website of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor at: https://ltg.gov.vi/. Parcel owners owing delinquent taxes for tax years after 2015 are also urged to pay all delinquent taxes or enter into an installment payment plan to avoid being placed on future publications.

Property tax payments may be made online at https://propertytax.vi.gov using a control number and invoice number that may be found in the top right corner of each tax bill.

For additional information, contact the Office of the Tax Collector St. Croix District at 773-6449, located at the Leroy Quinn Finance Building at Sunny Isle or the St. Thomas/St. John District at 774-2991, located at the Nisky Center, lower-level parking lot.

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