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NYS Tax Department: One month to go! Take advantage of free filing resources

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Mon, Mar 15th 2021 03:20 pm

Taxpayers with income of $72,000 or less can file and receive assistance at no cost

By the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance

With one month to go before the April 15 tax return filing deadline, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is encouraging taxpayers to take advantage of the free resources available 24/7 at www.tax.ny.gov, including the Free File program. Taxpayers with income of $72,000 or less in 2020 can electronically complete and submit their federal and New York state income tax returns online for free.

“Nearly 100,000 taxpayers have already taking advantage of our free filing services through the Tax Department website,” New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Michael Schmidt said. “Free File is fast, safe, secure, and will help ensure you don’t overlook any beneficial credits or deductions.”

To be directed to the free filing options, simply click Free File your income tax return on the Tax Department’s website.

To ensure you're not charged a fee, you must go to the Tax Department’s website to complete your return. You’ll save on preparation fees, prevent costly errors, and ensure you directly receive any refund you’re owed in the most efficient way possible.

The Tax Department has produced a series of video tutorials to assist New Yorkers with the tax return filing process. Topics range from gathering the necessary documents to choosing the right software. You can view the videos at our Get ready to e-file your income tax return webpage.

Filing your return electronically is safer and more efficient than sending paper returns through the mail. About 95% of all personal income tax returns in New York state are electronically prepared and filed. All returns, regardless of how they’re filed, undergo the same systematic review.

You’ll also receive your refund faster if it’s directly deposited into your bank account rather than mailed as a paper check.

To use direct deposit, simply choose the “direct deposit” option on your tax return, then enter your bank’s nine-digit routing number and your account number. For checking accounts, this information is available on your checks; for savings accounts, contact your bank.

Need individual assistance?

If you need assistance in filing your tax return, free help is available. If your federal adjusted gross income in 2020 was $72,000 or less, Tax Department representatives can guide you through the free tax preparation software to help you electronically prepare and file your 2020 federal and state income tax returns at no cost.

To register, see Register for a virtual FSA session.

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