DOING THE RIGHT THING
We started with a simple idea and remain true to it.
The St. Louis Tax Assistance Program is building communities family-by-family by creating and growing assets through direct and innovative financial solutions for the working poor. These free programs return income directly to our clients and provide them with the tools to meet their most basic needs of housing, food, utilities, clothing, school supplies and the ability to pursue education and develop savings which are important assets for the future.
The concept is simple – enlist the help of volunteer professionals and friends to offer free, confidential tax preparation services and financial counseling to low-income families and individuals who need assistance to claim available credits and refunds. Through partnership with local banking institutions, our clients learn ways to preserve and protect these assets by reducing predatory lending issues through direct deposit of refunds. This assists getting monies due them as quickly as possible — a win / win for families and the community.
Our program has always relied on the enthusiasm and devotion of our volunteers, community partners, and sponsors. As our goals increase and our needs progress, we need your support more than ever to help us continue to serve those most in need, the working poor. To date we have served nearly 30,000 families and returned over $41.8 million in tax refunds to these deserving families over a 19 year period.
Today, the St. Louis Tax Assistance Program operates sites in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. Since its inception, the St. Louis Tax Assistance Program volunteer base has grown from 180 to over 300.
Through service to the community, we combat poverty, educate families and volunteers, promote tax education and encourage people to file. Additional volunteers are always needed. Visit our Volunteers Page to learn ways that you can help. Opportunities for tax and non-tax oriented volunteers are available.