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If you earned $64,000 or less last tax year, the City can help you file your taxes for free. You can file for free online or in person, depending on your individual or family income.

  • File your taxes by the extended deadline, Julyl 15, 2020
  • 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

Eligibility

  • To be eligible to file your taxes in person for free, your income must be $64,000 or less for the previous year.
  • To be eligible to file your taxes online for free, your income must be $69,000 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 and 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 can get the maximum refund.


Application

  • 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.

Help

Other Cash & Expenses Programs

Tax refund for workers and families

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

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 $8,852.

Tax relief for parents

Child Tax Credit (CTC)

NYC Department of Consumer Affairs / IRS

Tax relief for parents who have qualifying children under the age of 17.

Tax relief for dependent care

Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

NYC Department of Consumer Affairs / IRS

Tax relief for working people with dependent care expenses.

Updated March 31, 2020