Free Tax Filing Options Available Now NYS Tax Department expands partnership with colleges across New York State to provide filing assistance on campuses
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The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today announced the statewide opening of its free tax filing assistance sites. These locations are open to help eligible taxpayers electronically prepare and file their income tax returns, claiming potentially valuable credits owed to them.
“Taxpayers with adjusted gross household incomes of $66,000 or less in 2018 may use free, user-friendly software at these sites to electronically prepare and file both their state and federal tax returns,” said Acting Commissioner Nonie Manion. “Eligible taxpayers don’t need to visit a site, though: they can also access and use the same free software anytime from their computer, smartphone, or tablet at www.tax.ny.gov."
Taxpayers can search Free File on the Tax Department website to be directed to the tax preparation software. Using the software can reduce filing errors that delay return processing and refunds. It also prevents valuable credits from being overlooked.
Tax Department experts will be available at each free tax assistance site to assist low- and middle-income New Yorkers through the filing process at no charge. At certain locations, they can assist taxpayers in multiple languages, including Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.
Partnership with colleges
The Tax Department is expanding its presence on college campuses across New York State this year. By partnering with seven different community colleges around New York State, the Tax Department is providing exclusive access to college students, faculty, and staff to electronically prepare and file their income tax returns for free.
A schedule of dates, times, and locations for all free filing sessions statewide is available at Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) program.
Benefits of e-filing
E-filing is safer and more efficient than sending paper returns through the mail. About 92% of all personal income tax returns in New York State are electronically prepared and filed. All returns, whether filed electronically or on paper, undergo the same systematic review.