Free tax prep for New Yorkers

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If you earned $66,000 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 15, 2019
  • 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 $66,000 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.


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 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 $8,682.

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.