NYC Free Tax Prep

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If you earned $68,000 or less in 2020, the City can help you file your taxes for free. You can file for free online or in person.

Update: NYC Free Tax Prep services are extended to help you claim advance Child Tax Credit.

  • Tax filing deadline (Tax Day) was May 17, 2021. However, you can still file your 2020 tax return for free with NYC Free Tax Prep if you meet income requirements.
  • Prepare and file your federal income tax return for free using NYC Free Tax Prep: Virtual Tax Prep and Assisted Self-Prep.
  • 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.

Who is eligible

To be eligible to file your taxes for free, your income must be $68,000 in 2020.


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

File online

File in-person

  • You may qualify to have your taxes prepared for free through drop-off service or in person at one of the tax prep locations near you.

How to get help

Visit the website

Visit a tax prep location

Call 311

  • Ask for tax preparation assistance.

Other Cash & Expenses Programs

Child Tax Credit (CTC)

NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) / Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Advance payments to parents for tax year 2021.

Advance payments for parents who have qualifying children with a Social Security number under the age of 18.

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) / Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Tax refund for workers and families

Tax credit or refund for low- to moderate-income working people and couples, especially those with children, worth up to $8,991.

Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) / Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Tax relief for dependent care

Tax relief for working people with dependent care expenses.

Updated September 13, 2021