Community Tax Aid, Inc. (CTA) was founded in 1987 by a group of tax professionals and concerned citizens who recognized a growing need for free tax preparation and representation services for low-income taxpayers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Due to the increased complexity of the tax system, these individuals sought change within their community, especially among taxpayers with limited education or English ability. CTA believes that all taxpayers deserve the opportunity to file accurate, timely tax returns. To this end, CTA provides comprehensive, cost-effective, professional income tax assistance to low-income members of our community—all without charge.
CTA prepares all types of federal and state tax returns including prior-year returns and returns for resident and non-resident aliens. CTA provides its services almost year-round.
Over 500 volunteers annually donate their time and expertise to CTA clinics located in libraries, churches, and community centers in Washington, D.C.; Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland; and the City of Alexandria, and Arlington County in Virginia. During the 2021 filing season, CTA volunteers helped 3,000 low-income individuals and families, helping them to receive over $7 million in net federal and state tax refunds.
STATEMENT ON INCLUSION & EQUITY
To support economic empowerment and access to tax services for all, Community Tax Aid commits to championing policies and practices of financial inclusion and racial equity.
DEFINITION OF FINANCIAL INCLUSION
Financial inclusion means all people have access to fair tax assistance and financial services in a convenient manner, and with dignity. Financial services reach everyone who can use them, including disabled, poor, and other excluded populations.