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Income tax filing season is underway! Time to Free File

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The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today announced the start of the 2024 income tax filing season. The Tax Department and the IRS begin processing income tax returns on Monday, January 29, 2024. The deadline to file returns and pay any tax owed (or request an extension of time to file) is midnight on April 15, 2024.

The Department urges taxpayers to explore submitting their taxes using Free File software available on the Tax Department website at (search: free). Taxpayers who meet income and other qualifications may be eligible to file both federal and New York State returns with private online tax preparers at no cost through the Tax Department website using Free File. Many New Yorkers take advantage of this free service each year, saving them hundreds of dollars and more in tax preparation fees.

“Too often, taxpayers who use commercial tax preparation software are surprised by charges for additional fees when completing their annual filing,” said Acting Commissioner Amanda Hiller. “For a truly free experience, go to the New York State Tax Department website, where there are no added costs or hidden fees – ever – for those who qualify.”

Free File information is available in multiple languages on the Department’s website.

The Tax Department website also offers income tax filing resources for taxpayers. It explains how to get started, how to check for available tax credits and how to check the status of your refund. It also provides tips for hiring a tax preparer for people who prefer to have someone do their taxes for them.