Tax Time Savings for Native Communities: Ten Best Practices for Effective Native VITA Programs
Author: First Nations Development Institute
Topic: Tax filing and benefits
Publisher: First Nations Development Institute
Location: United States
Format: Report
Content Type: Research
Publication Date: February 11, 2013
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.
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