Most rural Native VITA sites, unlike urban VITA sites, face a unique set of challenges. The
geographic isolation, low volunteer retention rates, economically distressed communities,
and overall distrust of the federal government among many Native Americans can limit the
success of traditional VITA site models (i.e., models developed by the IRS). In this report, we
propose some best practices designed to address these unique challenges by developing
culturally-relevant strategies, structures, and activities for launching and expanding successful
VITA sites in Native communities.