Tax Department Volunteers to Host Three Events to Help Low- and Middle-Income Taxpayers e-File Taxes for Free
Nearly 3 Million New York City Residents Qualify for Free Filing Options
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced free tax filing assistance will be available at events in New York City to help low-and middle-income taxpayers e-file their taxes. These taxpayers can file their own taxes for free with assistance from Tax Department volunteers at events taking place on Friday, March 3; Saturday March 4; and Saturday, March 11. These are the first in a series of free tax assistance "pop-ups" to be scheduled throughout New York in the coming weeks.
"By helping hard-working families and individuals file their taxes, we're ensuring that more people can get their taxes done on time and accurately," Governor Cuomo said. "I encourage all who qualify to attend an e-filing event, learn from volunteers, and take advantage of the free service this tax season."
New York taxpayers with adjusted gross household incomes of $64,000 or less in 2016, qualify to file their tax return using free online software at these events. The tax software helps reduce errors and ensures that valuable credits are claimed. The error rate for e-filed returns is 20 times lower than it is for paper returns, which cuts processing time, and allows faster receipt of refunds.
Tax Department employees will be at events to answer questions about the software. The following events will take place in New York City:
Friday, March 3
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal
230 West 72nd Street, Suite 2F
New York, NY 10023
Saturday, March 4
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
United Neighborhood Housing Program
2751 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10468
Saturday, March 11
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow
280 Wyckoff Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Acting Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Nonie Manion said, "Governor Cuomo is making this free tax filing service even more convenient for New Yorkers. These events will help taxpayers with relatively simple returns avoid the cost of hiring a paid preparer and give them the confidence to e-file their tax returns in future years."
Since the tax filing season opened in January, the Tax Department has been partnering with libraries and other organizations to provide free tax filing assistance to thousands of taxpayers at 54 locations throughout New York State. Taxpayers with adjusted gross household incomes of $64,000 or less who can’t attend a free-filing event are able to access free software at www.tax.ny.gov to file both their federal and state tax returns for free (search: free file).
The Tax Department provides a highly secure, encrypted system designed to protect a filer’s personal and confidential information. E-filing also helps avoid losing paper or having them stolen in the mail. By e-filing at home or at one of the free filing sites, taxpayers will help ensure they receive all eligible tax credits. About 92 percent of all personal income tax returns in New York are filed electronically.