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Direct File

New York State and the IRS have developed a new program that allows eligible New Yorkers to e-file their federal and state personal income tax returns for free. The Direct File pilot program is open to New Yorkers reporting certain types of income and claiming certain credits and adjustments.

The Direct File program is easy to use and can help eligible taxpayers:

  • file a 2023 federal tax return—for free—in English or Spanish
  • add tax information with step-by-step guidance
  • connect with real-time online support from IRS customer service representatives

You can access Direct File from your smartphone, laptop, tablet, or desktop computer.

You may be eligible for Direct File if:

  • you were a resident of New York State for the whole tax year
  • you have a simpler return, such as income from wages only
  • you claim the standard deduction
  • you claim only the most common tax credits

If so, Direct File might be right for you.


  1. First, be sure that you are eligible for Direct File in New York State. Review New York eligibility for Direct File for further details. For example, Yonkers income and residency are not supported this year.
  2. Next, if you are eligible for Direct File in New York State, check your eligibility for the IRS Direct File pilot.
  3. If you choose to use Direct File, after you file your federal return, you will be directed to the FileYourStateTaxes tool to file your New York state taxes.

For the latest information about the program, see Direct File pilot news. To watch a video about filing your New York State personal income taxes using Direct File, see FileYourStateTaxes.

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