VITA/TCE FREE Tax Prep Service

2020 Tax Season begins February 12th!

 United Way's Free Tax Preparation Information for January - April 2021.


Due to the ongoing pandemic, most of Project SCOUT’s free tax preparation is happening virtually. We encourage people to use to file taxes free of charge.



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Don't Let FREE Tax Prep Pass You By. Make VITA Your Next Stop!

United Way is excited to partner with Project SCOUT to offer the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in Santa Cruz County. VITA is focused on putting more money into the pockets of working families. IRS-trained volunteers offer FREE Tax Prep for families and individuals who earned less than $56,000 in 2020! Our goal is to make sure you get your FULL refund, claim all your eligible credits, and learn to use taxes to grow your assets! You can count on VITA to provide the highest quality tax service to families and individuals.

Project Scout's Information:

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*Project SCOUT is not accepting any new clients at this time. They will honor and work with any clients that called or emailed before March 15th, 2021, but will not be accepting any new clients moving forward.*

Please request assistance by emailing:

You will get assisted much faster this way.

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

With either request, please leave full name, age, and city or area in Santa Cruz you are calling from, and also tell us what income you had in 2020. We will get in touch with you as soon as it is possible.

For your appointment you will need to download, print and fill out the following forms:

Please complete forms thoroughly and have ready for virtual or drop-off help.

Do Your Taxes Online!

Please visit My Free Taxes to complete your tax filing online at My Free Taxes


Tax Day for Individuals Extended to May 17th

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