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Online Free Tax Prep

Tax Day was April 15. However, if you earn $58,000 or less, you can still file your 2013 tax return for free through October 15. If you owe the government money, be aware that late penalties apply.

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  • You must have a valid e-mail address to use this free program..

  • Be sure to use a secure computer to protect your privacy.

  • Please gather the following information before you begin filing your tax return:
    • Social Security number (SSN) OR Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for yourself, your spouse, and the dependents on the return
    • Birth dates for yourself, your spouse, and the dependents on the return
    • Your 2012 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or Self-Select PIN number. (AGI is the amount shown on your 2012 Form 1040, line 38; Form 1040A, line 22; or Form 1040EZ, line 4. The Self-Select PIN is the five-digit PIN you used to electronically sign your 2012 return.) If you cannot find this information, call the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 1-800-829-1040.
    • Wage and earning statement from your employer(s): Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R 
    • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1098 and 1099)
    • Proof of any other income, e.g., lottery winnings
    • Total paid for child care provider and the provider’s Taxpayer Identification Number or SSN (if you are claiming the New York City Child Care Tax Credit)
    • Bank account and routing numbers (if you are directly depositing your refund). Note: If you use direct deposit, you should receive your federal tax refund within 21 days.

  • New York City residents must enter “NYC” only when prompted to fill in your locality (Box 20 on your W-2 form). Some W-2 forms incorrectly list “New York” in Box 20.

  • After preparing your tax return online, print a copy of your return for your records. 

Note: The City is partnering with Intuit Inc. and Goodwill Industries to offer online free tax preparation. Depending on your selection, you will be routed to one of our partner’s sites.



Learn more about the City's Tax Credit Campaign