Montgomery Co. volunteers provide free tax preparation to the community

Sharon Strauss is the executive director of the Montgomery County Community Action Agency, a branch of the county’s Department of Health and Human Services.

This is part of WTOP’s ongoing coverage of people making a difference in our community written by Stephanie Gaines-Bryant. Learn more about this coverage.


It’s National Volunteer Week — a time when we recognize the contribution of volunteers to our communities. This is also the deadline for filing federal taxes.

A group of volunteers in Montgomery County, Maryland helps low- and middle-income households get free tax preparation services.

The Montgomery County Community Action Agency, a branch of the county Department of Health and Human Services, helps low- and middle-income households prepare their taxes for free.

Sharon Strauss is the executive director of the Montgomery County Community Action Agency, a branch of the county’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Strauss said that “there is a real focus on helping volunteers and the people we serve to understand how they can access tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Income Tax Credit. ‘child tax’.

The director told WTOP that the organization’s IRS-approved program helps people prepare basic returns as well as complicated returns. Strauss describes his 27 volunteers as “highly qualified and very committed”.



She said they are equipped to meet the needs of Montgomery County’s diverse community.

“They speak Farsi, Russian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Taiwanese, Cantonese and Mandarin,” Strauss said.

In addition to their mission of educating people, Strauss said they want to help people be more economically successful while making sure they follow the law.

The agency said it provides virtual and in-person services in Rockville, Gaithersburg and Wheaton to Montgomery County residents earning less than $58,000 a year. They served over 1,000 residents this season.

While all available appointments are full, Strauss says people can book new appointments in mid-May by checking their website or calling 240-777-1123.

Maryland filers can continue to take advantage of the service as the state tax deadline is extended to July 15.

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