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TMCNet:  Despite $180,000 salary, Hodge owes $26,000 in taxes

[June 07, 2013]

Despite $180,000 salary, Hodge owes $26,000 in taxes

Jun 06, 2013 (The Virgin Islands Daily News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Internal Revenue Bureau has placed a lien amounting to $26,079.84 against Hugo Hodge Jr., executive director of the V.I. Water and Power Authority.

The lien is tied to unpaid income tax from 2009, 2010 and 2011, according to records provided by the Office of the Recorder of Deeds.

The notice of USVI Tax Lien states that Hodge, whose annual salary for 2012 was $180,000, owes: - $10,165.55 for 2009.

- $13,597.19 for 2010.

- $2,317.10 for 2011.

"I don't know why there is a lien. I am paying them," Hodge said, referring to his taxes.

Regarding why the records still reflect unpaid balances, he said, "I am not discussing this with you." Hodge declined to comment further on the matter, stating that it was not the public's business to know why he was apparently in arrears to the Internal Revenue Bureau.

Hodge's annual salary has remained $180,000 since 2011, when he declined to accept salary increases authorized by a 5 1/2 year contract with WAPA signed in May 2010. According to that contract, Hodge could receive up to $210,000 depending on annual performance reviews, but WAPA's board voted to cancel performance review for managers and classified staff in March 2011.

When Hodge began working for WAPA in January 2008, his annual salary was $150,000, according to WAPA spokeswoman Cassandra Dunn.

In 2009, Hodge received two salary increases of $15,000 each, bringing it to $180,000, according to Dunn.

Revenue Bureau Director Claudette Watson-Anderson declined to comment Wednesday about the lien against Hodge. She said that under federal law she is prohibited from releasing the details of tax returns.

Watson-Anderson cited U.S. Code Section 6103, which states that returns and tax return information including "a taxpayer's identity, the nature, source, or amount of his income, payments, receipts, deductions, exemptions, credits, assets, liabilities, net worth, tax liability, tax withheld, deficiencies, overassessments, or tax payments" shall be confidential.

- Contact Amanda Norris at 714-9104 or email anorris@dailynews.vi.

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