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Free tax prep off ered for many New Yorkers
Th e city’s Department of Consumer
Aff airs (DCA) launched its 17th annual
tax season campaign and encouraged
New Yorkers who earned $66,000 or less
to fi le for free using NYC Free Tax Prep.
With the largest piece of tax reform in
more than three decades recently passed
by Congress, New Yorkers can fi le confi
dently with knowledgeable volunteer
preparers who can provide professional
guidance on how these new rules will
aff ect each fi ler at no cost.
“We have helped New Yorkers fi le more
than 1 million returns for free and claim
refund-boosting tax credits that can be
pivotal in helping them pay bills, reduce
debt, and save for their future,” said DCA
Commissioner Lorelei Salas. “We know
New Yorkers have concerns about the
new tax rules, and in times like these,
New Yorkers can and should rely on our
trusted and professional free tax prep services.
Many New Yorkers qualify to fi le
for free with NYC Free Tax Prep, which is
committed to getting New Yorkers every
penny of their hard-earned refund, especially
since it can be one of the largest
checks a family receives all year.”
NYC Free Tax Prep services include
more than 150 Volunteer Income Tax
Assistance (VITA)/Tax Counseling for
the Elderly (TCE) and AARP Tax-Aide
sites citywide, as well as online self-preparation
at nyc.gov/taxprep. Sites across
the city are now open with additional
sites opening next week as the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) begins to accept
returns on January 28.
New Yorkers can call 311 or visit nyc.
gov/taxprep and use DCA’s interactive
map to search for the most convenient
free tax site. A checklist of what New
Yorkers need to bring with them to fi le is
available at nyc.gov/taxprep.
For most sites, New Yorkers with an
annual income of $54,000 or less with
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children - or $30,000 or less without children
- can visit a tax site in the fi ve boroughs.
At the sites, returns can be prepared
in-person by an IRS certifi ed VITA/
TCE volunteer preparer or dropped-off to
be completed by the preparer. At the convenient
drop-off sites, fi lers can drop off
their tax documents and return later to
pick up the completed return or receive
it by email.
New Yorkers earning less than $66,000
can fi le their taxes online for free at
nyc.gov/taxprep. Th e City partners with
MyFreeTaxes, powered by H&R Block
and in partnership with United Way
Worldwide, to off er these services.
DCA’s second annual NYC Free Tax
Prep-a-Th on, an all-day tax fi ling marathon
and resource fair on Saturday,
February 9 in all fi ve boroughs. Attendees
who earned $54,000 or less in 2018 can
have their taxes fi led for free. Free screening
for local, state, and federal health and
human service benefi ts will also be available
to help individuals fi nd out if they
are eligible. Th is family friendly event will
off er fun activities for kids and a resource
fair for individuals to learn more about
the many City resources available to all
Visit DCA’s website, nyc.gov/dca, for
From the NYC Department of Consumer