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Thank you for your interest in tax preparation with Project SCOUT

We provide appointments over the phone at
(831) 724-2606

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Free tax preparation is for those who have $60,000 or less of reportable income and only simple returns. No married filing separate, no depreciation, or business income losses of over $10,000.00 If you want to do your own taxes for free, Project SCOUT offers a “Facilitated Self-Assistance” (FSA) option for those with income of $60,000.00 or less.

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Volunteers will be available to help with questions as you use the FSA option. If you need help with or throughout the process, please call: 831-724-2606 or email: 

For appointments at ALL Project SCOUT Sites: (No files will be received or processed online. Make sure you do not send any forms here).

1-STEP 1: Download Flyer so you know what to bring for your appointment!

2-STEP 2: For your appointment, please download and fully complete the following:
Intake Sheet:

You can reply to this email with your full name, your age, where you live in Santa Cruz or San Benito County, and what you need to file in your 2022 tax return with days and times that would work for an appointment. Otherwise please call 831-724-2606 for an appointment.  

Virtual Office Assistant, Project SCOUT 831-724-2606

Join Project SCOUT as a volunteer and give back to the community. This year we have put back in the wallets of our clients close to $2,000,000.00! Be part of a great crew of committed volunteers making a huge impact in their communities


234 Santa Cruz Ave
Aptos, CA 95003


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.

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners:

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