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Tax Day for individuals extended to May 17: Treasury, IRS extend filing and payment deadline
"The federal tax filing deadline postponement to May 17, 2021, only applies to individual federal income returns and tax (including tax on self-employment income) payments otherwise due April 15, 2021, NOT state tax payments or deposits or payments of any other type of federal tax. Taxpayers also will need to file income tax returns in 42 states plus the District of Columbia. State filing and payment deadlines vary and are not always the same as the federal filing deadline. The IRS urges taxpayers to check with their state tax agencies for those details."
New York State Dept. of Taxation and Finance
NY State has extended its deadline for state taxes to May 17 as part of its coronavirus response. This matches the IRS extension to file federal taxes.
File for Free
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 2020 income is $72,000 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 Tax Preparation Help
Free federal tax return preparation
> The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $55,000 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 tax assistance -- FSA program
If your income in 2020 was $72,000 or less, you can visit one of NY's Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) sites to prepare and electronically file your federal and state returns with assistance from Tax Department employees—for free!
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
Taxpayer Advocate Service--Get Help
If you've tried to resolve a problem with the IRS, and haven't been able to get help, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (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:
New York 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 [List compiled by the Federation of Tax Administrators]
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