Tax Preparation

The Seniors Council affords free tax preparation for senior residents

The SCOUT project provides free tax assistance to seniors, people with disabilities, low-income families, and individuals in Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties.

Information provided by San Benito County.

The Elderly Council of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties offers senior citizens in the region free tax preparation via Project SCOUT (Senior Citizen OUTreach).

The SCOUT project provides free tax assistance to seniors, people with disabilities, low-income families, and individuals in Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties. The SCOUT project also helps with general tax issues. The SCOUT project was founded in 1968 as an independent non-profit organization. According to a recent press release, they have a corps of volunteers who assist the community with their tax needs during the tax season and are available on a limited basis throughout the year.

Seniors are asked to request assistance by email: projectscoutoffice@gmail.com

In the “subject line” are: full name, place of residence and if 60 years and older. In the “body” write a brief description of what to do with taxes and income levels. If any of the IRS certified volunteers are qualified for the free service, they will reach out to them.

If email is not an option, call: (831) 724-2606.

Please leave in the message your full name, age and the city or area you are calling from and what your income was in 2020.

For an appointment, individuals must download, print, and fill out the following forms:

Fill out the forms thoroughly and be ready for virtual help or handover.

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