NCTC Releases 2011 State of the Field Report
If you’re like us, tax season has completely consumed you. And if you’re reading this, you’ve probably only got a few minutes before something else pops up – just enough time to think about 2011 and all we’ve done together. NCTC is proud to release our 2011 State of the Field Report, highlighting the success our field shared together last year.
More than ever, our members in the community tax preparation and asset building field have collectively improved the lives of our clients. Whether preparing a simple tax return, opening a bank account, filling out a FAFSA or screening for benefit eligibility, each and every client is closer to financial stability than when they walked in the door.
Despite the overwhelming challenges, we improved in nearly every conceivable category. Consider that in 2011 VITA programs:
- Had more than 52,000 volunteers (up from last year)
- Prepared more than 1.5 million returns (up from last year)
- Prepared returns that lead to more than $2.4 billion in refunds (up from last year)
NCTC and its members also expanded and enhanced its presence in Washington, DC, taking part in more than 150 meetings with members of Congress in 2011. Protecting low-income working families is a tough task – and our advocacy team has developed the relationships to make sure our field’s voice is heard loud and clear when considering legislation that will affect our clients.
Other highlights from the State of the Field Report:
- NCTC membership grew by 10%
- Updates from each of NCTC’s programs, including Financial Aid U, the Saver’s Credit Research Project, Capacity Building Grant program, Skills Based Volunteerism, Schedule C pilot and more
- NCTC changed the structure of its leadership and working groups
- NCTC helds its 8th National Conference, which included 50+ workshops, several high-profile keynote speakers and a fireworks cruise in downtown Chicago
- NCTC Online University was launched to the entire field, providing a free platform to train your volunteers at their own pace, in their own home
- Two issue briefs were released in 2011, one on the importance and value of VITA and the other on a single higher education credit.
- Much more!
I hope you are as proud as I am of all we’ve accomplished in the past year. Millions of low-income families depend on you each year, and each year you improve the services you provide. We’re proud to call you our members!
Read the full State of the Field Report at the NCTC website. Congratulations on a great 2011 and we look forward to our continued success in 2012.
By Dan Fair, Manager of Communications & Member Relations