Calling all New Yorkers! Did you know you can get help filing your taxes, for FREE?
New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs leads the largest, free tax preparation and Earned Income Tax Credit coalition in the country. (The Earned Income Tax Credit is a benefit for working people with low to moderate incomes which may reduce the amount of tax you owe or give you a refund.)
There is still time for you to file your taxes (did we mention it’s free?) at over 200 sites across the five boroughs.
The Department of Consumer Affairs offers the following ways for New Yorkers to file their taxes safely and for free:
In Person: For filers with a 2014 annual income of $53,000 or less (with children) or $18,000 or less (no children). Visit a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site in your neighborhood. VITA site preparers are IRS-trained and certified to help you file your taxes and claim credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit and NYC Child Care Tax Credit, which may be worth up to $10,000. Trained staffers at these sites protect filer documents and use a secure website for tax preparation.
Drop-Off: For filers with a 2014 annual income of $53,000 or less, in general. There are a number of sites where filers can drop off their tax documents and receive a completed return by email, or return to the site for a printed copy.
Online: For filers with a 2014 annual income of $60,000 or less. Go to nyc.gov/taxprep.
This is a great option for filers who have out-of-state tax returns, as the “in-person” sites cannot complete returns for income earned outside of New York. The Department of Consumer Affairs’ online services allow filers to complete multiple-state tax returns.
To view a map of the more than 200 free in-person and drop-off tax prep sites in the City, visit the NYC Tax Site Map. You can also call 311 and ask for tax preparation assistance.
Tax season can be daunting, but you can ease your pain with NY’s free tax resources!