Community Tax Aid, Inc. (CTA) is an independent, all-volunteer, non-profit, tax-exempt organization (501(c)(3)) that has been preparing tax returns FREE for low-income individuals and families since 1969. CTA is the oldest FREE tax preparation service in the country. Since its formation, the organization has prepared well over 100 thousand tax returns. CTA is dedicated to providing all services (federal, state, and local income tax forms) with the special needs and benefits of each taxpayer in mind.
As many tax preparers are not geared to low-income taxpayers, CTA provides special, comprehensive, no-cost training to its volunteers. This training is directed toward the specific needs of its clients. CTA never charges for its services. Last tax season, we prepared tax returns for almost 1500 taxpayers.
In the words of one of our clients, “You read the book, you try to understand, but it doesn't come out right. I had my return done someplace else and said, ‘no more’. They told me it would cost $100, but I wound up paying $150.” – CTA Client
“I love doing this. A lot of people can’t afford to pay accounting fees. I just find this personally very satisfying.” – CTA Volunteer
“You can see, after preparing a return and seeing that the client will be getting a refund, that I will be changing people’s lives, even if it is for a short period of time.” – Carol Victor, CTA Volunteer
“While tax law changes should affect everyone, low-income individuals do not have access to proper channels to have their tax questions answered and returns prepared. This is why CTA exists.”
– Jeffrey Gold, CTA Founder