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Other e-file options

Free File is now open!

You can now prepare and file your federal and state individual income tax return for free using brand-name software. New York State Free File providers will accept completed tax returns and hold them until they can be filed electronically once the IRS begins processing returns.

If you are not eligible to use Free File software, you can still e-file your return. You may even qualify for other free options to prepare and e-file your basic federal and state income tax returns.

Use other free options

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Taxpayer Assistance Program (TAP)

If your federal adjusted gross income (FAGI) was $79,000 or less, you qualify to receive free tax assistance from the department. We'll help you use safe and free online tax software to electronically prepare and file your 2023 federal and state income tax returns at no cost. It’s quick and easy!

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Direct File pilot program

New York State and the IRS have developed an 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 currently open to New Yorkers reporting certain types of income and claiming certain credits and adjustments. 

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MilTax: Tax services for the military

Members of the military community may also consider using MilTax from Military OneSource and the Department of Defense. MilTax free tax services include tax prep and e-filing software (no income limitations!) and personalized support that address the realities of military life – deployments, combat and training pay, housing and rentals, multistate filings, and more.

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly

The IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals.

Use approved commercial software

Use an approved software provider to prepare and e-file your federal and state return together. The software you choose may include a free option; please read the eligibility requirements before you get started.

See E-file-approved commercial software for a list of software providers you can use.

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

Use a paid tax preparer to e-file

Most tax preparers are required to electronically file their clients' New York State tax returns. By law, preparers cannot charge you extra for electronically filing your New York State return.

See Consumer Bill of Rights Regarding Tax Preparers for guidance.