Tax Day was April 18, 2018. However, you can still file your 2017 tax return for free at an NYC Free Tax Prep site or online at nyc.gov/taxprep through October 17, if you meet income requirements. If you owe the government money, be aware that late filing penalties apply.
Filing your taxes at NYC Free Tax Prep is
completely free and includes e-filing and direct deposit of your refund. Some sites have income limits. For most sites,
you must have earned $54,000 or less in 2017 to use this service. Please see the site details for more information.
At these sites, you will sit down with an IRS Certified VITA/TCE preparer to complete your return.
Some NYC Free Tax Prep sites have special services if:
You are self-employed.
You are applying for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.
You are a senior over age 60 with pension or retirement-related questions.
You need to file or change your return from a previous tax year.
Drop-off: At these sites, you will drop off your documents and pick up the completed return later.
Assisted Self-Preparation: Complete your tax return online at certain NYC Free Tax Prep sites with help from an IRS Certified VITA/TCE preparer.
You must have earned $66,000 or less in 2017 and have a valid email address to use the Assisted Self-Preparation service.
Find out what you need to bring to the NYC Free Tax Prep site: here
Get the most out of our refund
After you file your taxes, make an appointment for free financial counseling to learn how to get the most out of your refund. NYC Financial Empowerment Centers are in all 5 boroughs. Friendly, professional counselors will help you make a plan to manage your refund, create a budget, or reduce debt.
New York State recommends using an NYS driver’s license or non-driver ID to file. Returns filed using other forms of identification will be subject to additional identify verification that can delay your refund.
Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers and birth dates for you, your spouse, and your dependents
Proof of Income:
Forms W-2, 1098, 1099s, or income and expense records if you are self-employed
(See below for detailed list.)
Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of your refund
Need to open bank account? Visit nyc.gov/safestart to find out how you can open an NYC SafeStart Account. The NYC SafeStart Account has no overdraft fees and no monthly fees if you maintain a minimum balance of $25 or even less depending on the financial institution.
2016 tax return (if available)
To file online: You must have need your 2016 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or Self-Select PIN Number.
If you cannot find this information on the return or do not have your 2016 tax return, call the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 1-800-829-1040 or visit IRS.gov/GetReady
Proof of health insurance coverage or Health Insurance Exemption Certificate for you, your spouse, and your dependents
Payment records for child care, including the provider's name, address, and Employer Identification Number, Taxpayer Identification Number, or Social Security number
Records of cash and non-cash charitable contributions
If you are filing a joint return, both spouses must be present.