Press Release

Ministry of Finance
International Tax Authority
Release Date:
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 - 4:43pm

The International Tax Authority (ITA) is informing the BVI Financial Account Reporting System users that the system will not be available until February 15.

This is an update to a press release issued by ITA on December 16, 2016 advising all British Virgin Islands Reporting Financial Institutions (BVIFIs) that the BVI Financial Account Reporting System (BVIFARS) will be available in January 2017.

Director of ITA, Ms. LaToya James, said that the system will not be available during the month of January, as the system will be under maintenance.

Ms. James added that BVIFIs are now informed that the system will remain closed and is expected to be available by February 15.  She said that “the extended close date is to allow us to complete the maintenance work on the system.”

Director James said that when the system resumes service a revised BVIFARS User Guide will be published on the ITA website highlighting the changes made to the system and to provide guidance to the Financial Institutions.  A copy of the revised user guide will also be published on the Government’s website at

For further information on FATCA, please visit the Government’s website, or contact the International Tax Authority via telephone at 1 (284) 468 4415 or via email at or 


Sheriece T. Smith

Information Officer II 
Dept. of Information & Public Relations 
Telephone: 468- 2740