Project SCOUT (Senior Citizen OUTreach)
Project SCOUT provides free tax assistance to seniors, individuals with a disability, low-income families and individuals in Santa Cruz County. Project SCOUT also assists with general tax questions. Project SCOUT began its operations in 1968 as an independent non-profit organization. We have a corps of volunteers who assist the community with their tax-related needs during tax season. We’re also available to help on a limited basis through the full year.
Income Tax Assistance
Project SCOUT volunteers offer income tax assistance and help with tax-related questions for Santa Cruz and San Benito County low-income families and individuals with simple returns and reportable income of $60,000.00 and below. Project SCOUT volunteers are certified by the Internal Revenue Service and Franchise Tax Board to assist the community with basic free tax preparation. For disabled individuals unable to get to our tax sites, we offer online assistance and drop-off services. Donations are gladly accepted.