Taxation

More Tax Time Troubles (2012) was produced by First Nations Development Institute’s as a follow-up to the 2011Tax Time Troubles report

The current report assesses the quality of tax preparation services offered to Native American tax payers and assesses whether exposure to refund anticipation loans (RALS) and refund anticipation checks (RACs) was common in reservation border towns. The findings from this research suggest that paid tax preparers heavily marketed both RALs and RACs to the Native mystery shoppers where this research was conducted in New Mexico. Access this report here.

Tax Time Troubles (2011)

Was produced by First Nations Development Institute to assess the quality of paid tax preparation in communities with high Native American populations and close to reservations. The findings suggest that Native consumers received poor quality tax preparation; received inadequate or non-existent refund anticipation check (RAC) disclosures; were charged unnecessary or unreasonable tax preparation fees; and encountered privacy issues. Access this report here.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Sites in Native Communities (2010)

Is a research brief produced by the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis exploring the effectiveness of outreach and education efforts in Native communities for the purpose of increasing Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) uptake. The research brief calls for increased outreach and education efforts to increase access to low costs tax preparation and increasing the opportunity for investments in the local economy. Access this report here.