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Tax filing season is open: File your returns for free today


Mon, Jan 24th 2022 12:30 pm

Use free resources to securely complete and submit your state and federal returns

Submitted by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance on Monday announced the start of the income tax filing season. It’s begun processing income tax returns, including those submitted using the Free File software available on the Tax Department website.

If your 2021 income is $73,000 or less, you can file both your federal and New York state returns at no cost through the Tax Department website using Free File. Nearly 255,000 taxpayers used this software last year, saving them a combined $51 million in tax preparation fees.

“I encourage all eligible taxpayers to take advantage of Free File – a secure and efficient way to file and reap significant savings,” Acting Commissioner Amanda Hiller said. “Each year, more New Yorkers discover and extol the benefits of this service.”

Here’s what real New Yorkers have to say about Free File:

√ “I used Free File again this year. The software had all my information saved from last year. It was even easier the second time,” — Marcela V., Bronx

√  “It took me less than an hour to complete my return using the Free File program. I saved $250 and got my refund quickly. I’ll be using this software again next year,” — Veronica O., Buffalo

√  “For years, I paid someone else to do my taxes. Then I tried Free File. Now I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner. I’ll save $300 every year,” — Owen D., Albany

Not eligible to Free File? Learn about other e-file options.

When You're Ready to File

Gather your information and documentation.

If you received unemployment compensation, request your Form 1099-G from the Department of Labor. Remember to include the full amount on your New York state personal income tax return.

Request direct deposit – it's the easiest, fastest way to get your refund.

After You File

Check your refund status at your convenience! Get the most up-to-date information about your refund and your return: use our online Check your refund status tool or, if necessary, call 518-457-5149.

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