Free tax prep for New Yorkers

NYC Free Tax Prep | NYC Department of Consumer Affairs

Financial Assistance Caregiver

If you earned $64,00 or less last tax year, the City can help you file your taxes for free. You can file online or, if you make under $54,000, you can file in person.

  • File your taxes by April 18, 2017
  • File in person or online
  • Free Tax Prep sites are open year-round to assist you
  • If you qualify for tax credits such as EITC, Child Tax Credit, or Child and Dependent Tax Credit you can claim them when you file
  • If you get a refund, the IRS mails your refund or deposits it into your bank account
  • If you file in person, some sites let you drop off your tax documents and pick up the completed return later

Am I Eligible?

  • To be eligible to file your taxes in person for free, your income must be $54,000 or less for the previous year.
  • To be eligible to file your taxes online for free, your income must be $64,000 or less for the previous year.

What Will I Need to Apply?

To file you will need to provide proof for the following:

  • Your identity: such as a government-issued ID, including IDNYC.
  • Proof of income: Forms W-2, 1099s, or income and expense records if you are self-employed.
  • Your bank account and routing number, if you want your refund by direct deposit.
  • Health insurance coverage: Form 1095-A/B/C or an exemption.
  • Child care expenses, if applicable.

Depending on your situation, you may also receive other documents such as interest on student loans (Form 1098-T) or Social Security benefits (Form SSA-1099). Be sure to have these forms available when you file you you can get the maximum refund.


I'm Ready to Apply

  • File online: you can file your taxes online, using one of the free sites the City recommends.
  • File in person: you may qualify to have your taxes prepared for free in person at one of the tax prep locations near you.

How Can I Get Help?

Other Financial Assistance Programs

Temporary cash assistance

Cash Assistance

NYC Human Resources Administration

Cash assistance can help you pay rent, utilities, and other emergency expenses.

Reduced taxes for homeowners

School Tax Relief Program (STAR)

NYS Department of Taxation and Finance

Get a partial exemption from school property taxes.

Tax refund for workers and families

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITCs)

NYC Department of Consumer Affairs/IRS

Tax credit or refund for low- to moderate-income working people and couples, especially those with children, worth up to $8,463.