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Free tax filing assistance across New York State

Staff Writer | March 8, 2017
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced additional free tax filing assistance events across New York State.
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At these events, Tax Department volunteers will be available to help low and middle-income taxpayers file their taxes online for free ahead of the April 18 deadline.

Since the tax filing season began in January, the Tax Department has partnered with various organizations to provide free tax filing assistance to thousands of taxpayers at 54 locations throughout New York State.

New York taxpayers with adjusted gross household incomes of $64,000 or less in 2016 qualify to file their tax return using free online software at these events.

The tax software helps reduce errors and ensures that valuable credits, such as Earned Income Tax credits, are claimed. The error rate for e-filed returns is 20 times lower than it is for paper returns, speeding processing and refunds.

To provide this service to more New Yorkers, Governor Cuomo has scheduled additional filing events in New York City, Capital Region, Central New York, North Country, Long Island, and Western New York.

Tax Department employees will be at each event to answer questions about the software and assist taxpayers.