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NYC Free Tax Prep

NYC Free Tax Prep | NYC Department of Consumer Affairs

1. How it Works

If you earned $68,000 or less in 2020, the City can help you file your taxes for free. You can file for free online or in person.

Update: NYC Free Tax Prep services are extended to help you claim advance Child Tax Credit.

  • Tax filing deadline (Tax Day) was May 17, 2021. However, you can still file your 2020 tax return for free with NYC Free Tax Prep if you meet income requirements.
  • Prepare and file your federal income tax return for free using NYC Free Tax Prep: Virtual Tax Prep and Assisted Self-Prep.
  • If you qualify for tax credits such as EITC, Child Tax Credit, or Child and Dependent Tax Credit, you can claim them when you file.
  • If you get a refund, the IRS mails your refund or deposits it into your bank account.

2. Determine your eligibility

To be eligible to file your taxes for free, your income must be $68,000 in 2020.

Take a short survey to see if you might be eligible for this or 30 other programs.

Am I Eligible?

3. What you need to include

To file you will need to provide proof for the following:

  • Your identity: such as a government-issued ID, including IDNYC.
  • Proof of income: Forms W-2, 1099s, or income and expense records if you are self-employed.
  • Your bank account and routing number, if you want your refund by direct deposit.
  • Health insurance coverage: Form 1095-A/B/C or and exemption.
  • Child care expenses, if applicable.

Depending on your situation, you may also receive other documents such as interest on student loans (Form 1098-T) or Social Security benefits (Form SSA-1099). Be sure to have these forms available when you file you can get the maximum refund.

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply in person

Come back to it later.
We can send you a link to this page to help you get back to it when you’re ready.

More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection for more information.

Call 311

Ask for tax preparation assistance.

Visit a tax prep location

If you qualify, visit a tax prep location to get help filing your taxes in person.

Last Updated Monday, July 26th, 11:45am

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