March 18, 2017
By Dr. Leonard H. Golubchick
New York, NY – Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas reminds New Yorkers that there is just a little over a month left to file taxes before the April 18 deadline. Commissioner Salas encourages New Yorkers who earned $64,000 or less in 2016 to file for free, using NYC Free Tax Prep available at more than 200 sites citywide or online.
“With Tax Day quickly approaching, we encourage all eligible New Yorkers to use our services to file their taxes safely and for free and to ensure you are maximizing your refunds by claiming the tax credits you’re entitled to,” said DCA Commissioner Lorelei Salas. “We know that New Yorkers need to stretch every dollar to take care of themselves and their families – or even add to their savings. By ensuring that our hardworking families aren’t leaving any money on the table this tax season, we hope to help create thriving communities across the city.”
NYC Free Tax Prep enables qualifying New Yorkers to file their taxes safely – and for free – at more than 200 sites across the five boroughs through or online at nyc.gov/taxprep. The program also raises awareness about important tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), that put money back in the pockets of working New Yorkers. The availability of free tax preparation services is made possible through partnerships with VITA/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and AARP Tax Aide, among others. At the in person sites, returns can be prepared in-person by an IRS-certified VITA/TCE volunteer preparer or dropped off to be completed by the preparer. At the convenient drop-off sites, filers can drop off their tax documents and return later to pick up the completed return or receive it by email.
The City’s free tax filing options
• In person sites: For most sites, New Yorkers with an annual income of $54,000 or less with children or $30,000 or less without children, can visit one of more than 200 free tax sites in the five boroughs. Both in-person and drop-off sites have an IRS certified VITA/TCE volunteer preparer complete the return.
• Online: New Yorkers earning less than $64,000 can file their taxes online for free at nyc.gov/taxprep.