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Free File your income tax return


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 2020 income is $72,000 or less—yes, using at least one of the software providers below!

If you earned more than $72,000 in 2020, see Other e-file options to learn about your electronic filing options.

Free File testimonials

Here’s what real New Yorkers have to say about Free File.

"I used Free File again this year. The software had all my information saved from last year. It was even easier the second time."

- Marcela V., Bronx, NY

"It took me less than an hour to complete my return using the Free File program. I saved $250 and got my refund quickly. I’ll be using this software again next year."

- Veronica O., Buffalo, NY

"For years, I paid someone else to do my taxes. Then I tried Free File. Now I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner. I’ll save $300 every year."

- Owen D., Albany, NY

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.

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

  • your federal adjusted gross income (AGI) was between $16,000 and $72,000, regardless of age; or
  • your federal AGI was $72,000 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 at no cost if:

  • your federal adjusted gross income (AGI) was $63,000 or less and you are age 56 or younger;
  • you qualify for the earned income tax credit (EITC); or
  • your federal AGI was $72,000 or less and you served as Active Duty Military (including Reservists and National Guard).

You must access the Tax Act 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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(Disponible en español.)

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

  • you qualify for the earned income tax credit (EITC); or
  • your federal adjusted gross income (AGI) was $72,000 or less, and 
    • your age was 51 or younger as of December 31, 2020, or
    • you served as Active Duty Military (including Reservists and National Guard).

You must access the TaxSlayer 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) was $39,000 or less; or
  • your federal AGI was $72,000 or less and you served as Active Duty Military (including Reservists and National Guard); or
  • you qualify for the earned income tax credit (EITC).

You must access the TurboTax 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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