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U.S. federal tax deadline for filing in 2023 is Tuesday, April 18 for 2022 tax return.
New York State tax deadline for filing in 2023 is Tuesday, April 18 for 2022 tax return.
Free tax filing and assistance
Free File (federal and state)
Did you know that 70% of all tax payers will be eligible to file their income tax forms for free? If you meet the requirements, you can use Free File, where you can prepare and file your federal individual income tax return for free using tax-preparation-and-filing software. Let Free File do the hard work for you with brand-name software or Free File Fillable Forms.
NY State Tax Free File
If your 2021 income is $73,000 or less, you may qualify to file your NY State income taxes for free. Please check this list of software providers and their eligibility criteria to see if you qualify for free tax filing. [List compiled by the the New York State Dept. of Taxation and Finance]
Free federal tax return preparation
> The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $57,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
> In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.
NY State Taxpayer Assistance Program (TAP)
If your federal adjusted gross income (FAGI) was $73,000 or less, you qualify to receive free virtual tax assistance from the department. We can help you electronically prepare and file your 2021 federal and state income tax returns at no cost.
Tax services--including free filing and preparation--for members of the military and their immediate families. Offered by Military OneSource and the Department of Defense.
Payroll Taxes and W-4
Filling Out a W-4
This video (transcript included) walks you through how to fill out a W-4 and shares an example of how a young person who just got their first summer job would fill out a W-4.
How to Fill Out Form W-4
The W-4 Employee's Withholding Certificate is the form that your employer hands you when you start a new job. This article will explain what a W-4 is and walk you through how to fill out the form, which was completely revamped in 2020, line by line.
Internal Revenue Service
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website is the online presence for the U.S. government agency in charge of federal income tax. From the IRS website, you can do the following and more:
If you've tried to try to resolve a problem with the IRS, and haven't been able to get help, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) may be an option for you. TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. They work to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Advocates can help if you have tax problems that you can’t resolve on your own.
Tax software reviews
There are dozens--if not more--websites that review tax preparation software. Here are a few from more popular sites:
State Income Tax
Don't forget, New York State and New York City collect income tax as well! Both state and city taxes are administered and collected by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance website is where to go for information on filing your New York State/City tax return. From their website, you can
List of State Tax Agencies
If you need to file taxes for a state other than New York, check this list of state tax websites from the Federation of Tax Administrators
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