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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.

We need volunteers for the upcoming Tax Season

Project SCOUT is currently getting ready for the upcoming tax season and we are looking for volunteers. We need both greeters and tax preparers for our sites. Please click
here to send an email or call us at (831) 724-2606 or (831) 318-1014 if you are interested in helping us help others. Please provide us with your contact information and the best time to contact you. Thank you.

Income Tax Assistance

Project SCOUT offers volunteer income tax assistance and tax counseling for local residents during tax season (from February 1st to April 15th) at sites throughout Santa Cruz County. Our volunteers are trained by Internal Revenue Service and Franchise Tax Board personnel to assist older adults, people with disabilities, and low-income families and individuals to prepare their tax returns. For disabled individuals unable to get to our tax sites, we have trained volunteers who will in-home tax preparation. We also provide help on an appointment basis after tax season for those who qualify.

Who Can Receive Services?

Anyone over the age of 60, those with a disability, low-income families and individuals are eligible to receive SCOUT’s Tax Assistance programs. Donations are gladly accepted.

Area Served

Project SCOUT operates throughout Santa Cruz County. The Project SCOUT office is located inside the Watsonville Senior Center.

Our contact info is:

114 East 5th Street
Watsonville, CA 95076

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners:

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