Tax Season is officially open! This year, you have the opportunity to save time, money, and put your entire refund back into your own pocket with an array of free tax filing resources.
File for free
Taxpayers with income of $72,000 or less in 2020 can complete and submit their federal and New York State income tax returns online for free. There is no need to pay for software or a tax preparer. Nearly 255,000 New York taxpayers used our Free File software last year, saving themselves an estimated $51 million in the process. To be directed to the free filing options, simply select Free File your income tax return on the Tax Department’s website.
To ensure you’re not charged a fee, you must go to the Tax Department’s website to complete your return. You’ll save on tax preparation fees and added costs for software, prevent costly errors, and ensure that you directly receive any refund you’re owed in the most efficient way possible. Filing through the Tax Department website is 100% free.
Receive your refund up to two weeks sooner
You can receive any refund owed up to two weeks sooner by e-filing your return and choosing direct deposit.
Filing electronically and choosing direct deposit is safer, faster, and more efficient than sending paper returns and checks through the mail. And you’ll receive your refund faster if it’s directly deposited into your bank account rather than mailed as a paper check.
To use direct deposit, simply check direct deposit on your tax return, then enter your bank’s nine-digit routing number and your account number. For checking accounts, this information is available on your checks; for savings accounts, contact your bank. If you use an online banking application, you should find the information you need in your mobile banking app.