NYC Free Tax Prep: What You Need to File

What You Need to File

Below is a checklist of what you need to file your 2020 tax return at an NYC Free Tax Prep site.


▢ Government-issued photo ID (includes IDNYC)

▢ Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers ((ITIN) determination letters (original, copy, or electronic document) ) and birth dates for you, your spouse, and your dependents

Proof of Income:

New for 2021: When filing taxes electronically, filers must sign and validate their electronic tax return by entering their prior-year Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or their prior-year Self-Select PIN. Please see the following guidance to find your prior-year AGI.

▢ Forms W-2, 1098, 1099, or income and expense records if you are self-employed

▢ Form 1099-G if you received unemployment insurance at any point during 2020
To obtain a form, visit and search “1099-G.” or call 1-888-209-8124 to have the New York State Department of Labor mail the form to the address they have on file for you.

  Forms may include:
  • Form W-2 (wages from each job)
  • Form 1099-INT (interest)
  • Form 1099-DIV (dividends)
  • Form 1099-R (retirement plans)
  • Form W-2G (gambling winnings)
  • Form SSA-1099 (Social Security benefits)
  • Form 1099-MISC (miscellaneous income)
  • Form 1099-K (deposits and earnings)
  • Form 1099-B (sale of stock)
  • Form 1098-T (scholarships and grants)
  • Form 1099-C (cancellation of debt)
  • Form 1098-T (tuition payments to attend a university or technical college)
  • Form 1098-E (interest paid on student loans)
  Other income documentation if you are self-employed may include:
  • Log books showing income received and clients served
    Raw estimates are not acceptable.
  • Copies of bank statements


▢ Documentation of business expenses if you are self-employed, including:
  • Paid invoices
  • Remitted checks
  • Credit card charges
  • Information about any home office
Raw estimates are not acceptable.

▢ Filed Forms 1040-ES (federal) and IT-2105 (New York State) showing estimated tax payments for 2020

▢ Copy of 2019 tax return or transcript (required for Assisted Self-Prep)
To request a transcript, call the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 1-800-908-9946 or visit and search “Get Transcript.”

▢ Form 1095-A if you, your spouse, or dependents enrolled in a health insurance plan through the Health Plan Marketplace

▢ 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

Banking Information:

▢ Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of your refund
Need to open a bank account? Visit 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.

▢ NY 529 account, routing, and plan numbers to directly deposit all or part of your state refund into a college savings account
Did you know you now can split your NYS refund and directly deposit all or part of it into a 529 College Savings account? There's no minimum balance needed to open an account. Visit or call 1-877-NYSAVES (1-877-697-2837) to learn more and to create an account.

If you are filing a joint return, both spouses must be sign.

Updated 04/2021