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With the 2016-17 tax season over, Project Scout has once again proven itself an invaluable program to low-income individuals, seniors and the disabled who need free tax assistance.

This past year Project Scout has helped Santa Cruz County residents by completing over 1900 tax returns and generating more than 1.9 million dollars. This includes returns with federal earned income credits totaling $491,770 and CA earned income credits worth $15,026.

Many thanks to all the volunteers and partners that make this happen!

Project SCOUT (Senior Citizen OUTreach)


Project SCOUT provides free tax assistance to seniors, individuals with a disability, and low income residents of Santa Cruz County, Project SCOUT, also assists with general tax questions. Project SCOUT began its operations in 1968 as a private non-profit organization. We have a corps of volunteers from the local community. We are open to the public year round.

Income Tax Assistance


Project SCOUT offers Volunteer income tax assistance and tax counseling for local residents during tax season at sites throughout Santa Cruz County. Our volunteers are trained by Internal Revenue Service and Franchise Tax Board personnel to assist senior, blind, disabled and low income persons to prepare their tax returns. For disabled individuals unable to get to the tax sites, we have trained volunteers who can do in-home tax preparation. We also have help available on an appointment basis after the tax season is over for people who did not file during the tax season.

Who Can Receive Services?

Anyone over the age of 60, individuals with a disability and low-income residents is eligible to receive SCOUT’s assistance programs. Donations are gladly accepted.

Area Served

Project SCOUT operates in Santa Cruz County


Project SCOUT’s office is located at the Watsonville Senior Center, 114 E. 5th Street Watsonville, CA  95076. (831) 724-2606 or toll-free at (877) 373-8297
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