March 28, 2016
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Deploys Mobile Command Center to Help Upstate Low-and-Middle Income New Yorkers Prepare and File Their Taxes for Free

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In the final days before the income tax deadline, Governor deploys teams to help those with incomes under $62,000 file their taxes.


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that he is deploying the Department of Financial Services’ Mobile Command Center to help eligible New Yorkers prepare and file their taxes for free. The unit will be making stops at locations throughout Upstate New York from April 4 through April 9.

“By delivering in-person assistance to help New Yorkers prepare and file their taxes, we are making the process as easy and straight-forward as possible,” said Governor Cuomo. “I encourage all eligible New Yorkers to take advantage of these free services.”

“It’s now more convenient than ever for taxpayers to file their returns ahead of this year’s April 18 deadline,” said NYS Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Jerry Boone. “Tax Department volunteers are traveling with the Mobile Command Center and will be available to answer questions as taxpayers proceed step by step through the user-friendly tax preparation and filing software.”

Taxpayers with federal adjusted gross incomes under $62,000 can save the expense of hiring a preparer or purchasing software by filing both their federal and state income tax returns at no cost. Tax Department volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the software.

Since the tax filing season opened in January, the Tax Department has been partnering with libraries and non-profit organizations to provide free tax assistance to thousands of taxpayers at 85 locations, including sites in Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Utica. By deploying the Mobile Command Center, Governor Cuomo is extending the network of free filing assistance sites across the state. 

Taxpayers with income under $62,000 who are unable to visit the Mobile Command Center or one of the Tax Department’s free sites can use free software available at to file their federal and state tax returns. The user-friendly software will walk the taxpayer through the filing process while checking for errors. 

In addition, by e-filing at home or at the Mobile Command Center, taxpayers will ensure that they receive all of the tax credits for which they’re eligible. Tax credits can mean thousands of dollars in savings to taxpayers. For instance, the Earned Income Tax Credit can be as high as $8,000 for working families. 

Mobile Command Center Schedule

  • April 4 – Jamestown
  • April 5 – Alfred
  • April 6 – Oneonta
  • April 8 – Watertown
  • April 9 – Plattsburgh

Times and specific locations are available on the Tax Department’s website at

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