The New York State Tax Department reminds taxpayers that the deadline for filing 2011 New York State income tax returns is tomorrow, April 17.
Taxpayers will avoid late-filing and late-payment penalties if they - or a professional tax preparer who files on their behalf - file and pay by midnight tomorrow.
The department expects to process approximately 9.7 million personal income tax returns this year - with hundreds of thousands of them filed in the remaining hours before the deadline. Of the returns filed to date, more than 4 million of them qualified for refunds.
More than 85% of the returns filed this year have been e-filed. E-filing is the safest way to submit your return - and the fastest way to receive a refund.
Extension of time to file
Taxpayers who can't file on time should apply for an extension of time to file an income tax return. This automatic six-month extension applies to resident, nonresident, part-year residents and partnership returns. Filing the extension online at the department's Web site, or through commercial software that allows e-file, is a fast, secure, convenient way to meet the deadline. E-file provides a taxpayer with a confirmation that the department received the extension request.
Taxpayers who can't pay in full if they owe state income taxes should still file on time. They will then have the ability to contact our department to request an Installment Payment Agreement.
NOTE TO EDITORS - Your readers also may be interested in these helpful documents, free at the department's Web site, www.tax.ny.gov
● Last Minute Tax Filing Tips for New Yorkers.
● For a document rich in current details about what forms to file, how to e-file, when to ask for an extension, what itemized deductions are allowed, and which income tax credits a taxpayer might qualify for, see Publication 80, General Income Tax Information - for Tax Year 2011.
● Beginning with tax year 2012, the New York State personal income tax rates have been reduced for all taxpayers. Middle-income taxpayers are seeing the lowest rates in 58 years. Rate tables and summary of changes.
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