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The income tax filing season is now underway: Time to Free File Visit for truly free tax filing

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The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today announced the start of the income tax filing season. The department and the IRS have begun processing income tax returns, including those submitted using the Free File software available on the Tax Department website.

Many New Yorkers are eligible to file their federal and New York State returns at no cost through the Tax Department website using Free File. Hundreds of thousands of New York State taxpayers take advantage of this truly free service each year, saving them hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in tax preparation fees.
“Too often, taxpayers who use commercial tax preparation software are surprised by charges for additional fees while completing their annual filing,” said Acting Commissioner Amanda Hiller. “For a truly free experience, come to the New York State Tax Department website where there are no added costs or hidden fees—ever.”

When you’re ready to file, gather key information and documents. The easiest and fastest way to receive your refund is through direct deposit. The fastest and most convenient way to check your refund status is to use the Tax Department’s online Check your refund status tool. If necessary, you can also call 518-457-5149 to check on your refund.

Not eligible to Free File? Learn about other e-file options.