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Free tax prep for New Yorkers

NYC Free Tax Prep | NYC Department of Consumer Affairs

1. How it Works

If you earned $64,000 or less last tax year, the City can help you file your taxes for free. You can file for free online or in person, depending on your individual or family income.

Update: Due to COVID-19, all in-person tax prep services have been suspended under the NYC Free Tax Prep program. Prepare and file your federal income tax return for free using tax preparation and filing software through IRS Free File.

  • File your taxes by July 15, 2020. Effective 3/20/2020 income tax filing deadline is extended.
  • File online
  • 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 in person for free, your income must be $64,000 or less for the previous year.
  • To be eligible to file your taxes online for free, your income must be $69,000 or less for the previous year.

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 online

The City can help you find a website where you can file your taxes for free.

File online

Apply in person

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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 Affairs website for more information.

Call 311

Ask for tax preparation assistance.

 

Last Updated Tuesday, March 24th, 10:43am