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Did you receive Excluded Workers Fund (EWF) benefits in 2021?

The Department of Labor (DOL) mailed you federal Form 1099-G with:

  • the amount of the EWF benefits you received in Box 6, and
  • the amount of New York State withholding in Box 11.

You must report EWF benefits when you file your federal and state income tax returns.

If you are e-filing your return, your software should prompt you to enter all the information from your Form 1099-G, including Box 6. If it does not, contact your software company for assistance.

If you are filing a paper return, report the amount in Box 6 as other income on:

  • line 8Z of Schedule 1 of the federal Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, and
  • line 16 of New York State Form IT-201, Resident Income Tax Return.

Visit DOL at 1099-G Tax Information for Excluded Workers Fund to learn more about the Form 1099-G for EWF they sent you.

Good news!

We partner with the Free File Alliance to offer you more options to e-file your federal and New York State income tax returns—at no cost.

Am I eligible to Free File?

If your 2021 income is $73,000 or less, you may be eligible to file for free using one of the software providers below.

If you earned more than $73,000 in 2021, see Other e-file options to learn about your electronic filing options.

Important: The income limits noted for each vendor refer to your federal adjusted gross income. Federal adjusted gross income (AGI) is defined as gross income minus adjustments to income. Gross income includes your wages, dividends, capital gains, business income, retirement distributions, as well as other income. For more information, visit the IRS at Definition of Adjusted Gross Income.

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Get ready!

For everything you'll need to choose the right software and prepare your return, see Get ready to e-file your income tax return. For additional tools, see Filing season resource center for additional filing information.

Note: Some software is available in Spanish. Look for Disponible en español after the product name.

Review eligibility criteria for each software provider before selecting a product.

The eligibility requirements for each software provider are different. If you do not meet the criteria for the software provider you choose, the software provider may charge you a fee. Please read the qualifying criteria carefully before you get started.

Remember, no matter which option is right for you, e-file is always the fastest, easiest, safest choice!

Note: If the Free File option you used last year is no longer listed, you can still e-file using one of the other options, but you will need to create an account with the new software. Remember to have a copy of last year’s return available so you have all the information you need to easily e-file!

Not sure if you need to file?

See Do I need to file an income tax return? for more information.

OnLine taxes logo with arrow in the shape of a circle

You qualify to use this software provider at no cost if:

  • your federal adjusted gross income (AGI) is between $16,000 and $73,000 regardless of age, or
  • your federal AGI was $73,000 or less and you served as Active Duty Military (including Reservists and National Guard).

You must access the OLT Free File website from this page, otherwise, you may be charged a fee. (If you are charged a fee, stop and contact the vendor directly.)

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You qualify to use this software provider at no cost if:

  • your federal adjusted gross income (AGI) is $65,000 or less and age 56 or younger, or
  • your federal AGI was $73,000 or less and you served as Active Duty Military (including Reservists and National Guard).

You must access the TaxAct website from this page, otherwise, you may be charged a fee. (If you are charged a fee, stop and contact the vendor directly.)

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You qualify to use this software provider at no cost if:

  • your federal adjusted gross income (AGI) is $41,000 or less, or
  • your federal AGI was $73,000 or less and you served as Active Duty Military (including Reservists and National Guard).

You must access the FreeTaxUSA website from this page, otherwise, you may be charged a fee. (If you are charged a fee, stop and contact the vendor directly.)

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(Disponible en español.)

You qualify to use this software provider at no cost if:

  • your federal adjusted gross income (AGI) is $39,000 or less, or
  • your federal AGI was $73,000 or less and you served as Active Duty Military (including Reservists and National Guard).

You must access the TaxSlayer website from this page, otherwise, you may be charged a fee. (If you are charged a fee, stop and contact the vendor directly.)

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Get ready!

For everything you'll need to choose the right software and prepare your return, see Get ready to e-file your income tax return.

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