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New Yorkers can file their taxes for free using government website

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced the start of the income tax filing season on Monday, January 24. It’s begun processing income tax returns, including those submitted using the Free File software available on the Tax Department website.

If your 2021 income is $73,000 or less, you can file both your federal and New York State returns at no cost through the Tax Department website using Free File. Nearly 255,000 taxpayers used this software last year, saving them a combined $51 million in tax preparation fees.

“I encourage all eligible taxpayers to take advantage of Free File—a secure and efficient way to file and reap significant savings,” said Acting Commissioner Amanda Hiller. “Each year, more New Yorkers discover and extol the benefits of this service.”

When you’re ready to file, first gather your information and documentation. If you received unemployment compensation, request your Form 1099-G from the Department of Labor. Remember to include the full amount on your New York State personal income tax return.

Request direct deposit—it’s the easiest, fastest way to get your refund.

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After you file, check your refund status at your convenience. Get the most up-to-date information about your refund and your return by using the tax department’s Check your refund status tool or call (518) 457-5149.