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If you earned $72,000 or less in 2021, you can file your taxes for free with NYC Free Tax Prep. IRS-certified VITA/TCE volunteer preparers are available to help you file.

  • The deadline to file your 2021 tax return is April 18, 2022.
  • There are many ways you can file for free with NYC Free Tax Prep.
    • Virtual Tax Prep: A preparer can help you file your tax return during a 60-90 minute virtual call.
    • Assisted Self-Prep: Complete your tax return on your own. A preparer will be available by phone or email to answer your questions.
    • Drop-off service: Drop off your tax documents and pick up the completed return later
    • In-person: Get your taxes prepared for free at a tax prep location near you.
  • When you file your taxes, you may qualify for tax credits such as EITC, Child Tax Credit, or Child and Dependent Tax Credit. These tax credits can increase your refund.
    • If you get a refund, the IRS mails it to you or deposits it into your bank account.

Who is eligible

If you earned $72,000 or less in 2021, you can file your taxes for free with NYC Free Tax Prep.


What you 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.
  • Form 1095-A if you, your spouse, or dependents enrolled in a health insurance plan through the Health Plan Marketplace
  • 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.


How to apply

Visit NYC Free Tax Prep for virtual, in person, or drop-off service tax prep help.


How to get help

Visit the websites

See the frequently asked questions about NYC Free Tax Prep.

Visit the DCWP website to learn more about tax credits you can claim.

Call 311

Ask for tax preparation assistance.

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Updated April 12, 2022