A report from First Nation’s Development Institute shares the importance of VITA sites in Native communities throughout the US. The report, titled “VITA Sites Serving Native Communities: The State of the Field,” presents recent data on Native VITA sites related to the amount of returns completed and amount of refunds claimed. In 2013, 145 VITA sites serving Indian Country filed a total of 48,413 tax returns, facilitated $70,058,032 in refunds, and helped people claim approximately $26,030,000 in the EITC. It is estimated that these 145 sites saved Native American filers $7,261,950 in preparation fees alone, based on an estimate of $150 in fees per filer. To view a copy of this report, click here.