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Financial Capability and Asset DevelopmentResearch, Education, Policy, and Practice$
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Julie Birkenmaier, Jami Curley, and Margaret Sherraden

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199755950

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755950.001.0001

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Building Financial Capability of Native American Households

Building Financial Capability of Native American Households

The Role of the EITC

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(p.207) 10Building Financial Capability of Native American Households
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Financial Capability and Asset Development
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Kristen Wagner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755950.003.0065

The earned income tax credit (EITC) serves as one of the most effective programs for low-income families to meet consumption needs while offering opportunities to build financial capability. In particular, volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) sites serve as a gateway, connecting underserved families to financial information, services, and products. This chapter provides empirical data on the financial behaviors and needs of low-income Native American families and the critical role of VITA sites in bridging the gap between financial needs and opportunities of these underserved families. Through improved access to the EITC and financial services, financial capability may grow in Native American households.

Keywords:   Native American, tax refunds, tax preparation, policy, economic well-weing, financial services, financial education

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