Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Kicks Off the 2020 Tax Season With Continued Expansion of NYC Free Tax Prep

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New Yorkers Earning $64,000 or Less Can File for Free with NYC Free Tax Prep at More Than 150 Sites Citywide

NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today kicked off the 2020 tax season with the launch of the Agency’s 18th annual tax season initiative and encouraged New Yorkers who earned $64,000 or less to file for free using NYC Free Tax Prep. Commissioner Salas also announced the Agency’s continued expansion of NYC Free Tax Prep with the addition of services in neighborhoods and languages previously underserved.

“Since 2014, we have helped New Yorkers file more than 700,000 returns for free and claim refund-boosting tax credits that can be pivotal in helping them pay bills, reduce debt, and save for their future,” said DCWP Commissioner Lorelei Salas. “I am excited to continue expanding NYC Free Tax Prep this year and help connect even more New Yorkers with our trusted and professional tax prep services to help ease the financial stress and frustration that is often experienced during tax season. I strongly encourage all eligible New Yorkers to use this service so that they can file their taxes completely free and keep every penny of their hard-earned refund.”

DCWP has doubled the number of community-based partners that are funded by the City to provide NYC Free Tax Prep services and will now have expanded service in Staten Island and new locations in South Brooklyn, as well as the addition of services in Hebrew, Korean, and Yiddish.

About 2020 NYC Free Tax Prep:
NYC Free Tax Prep services include more than 150 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and AARP Tax-Aide sites citywide. Sites across the city are now open with additional sites opening next week as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) begins to accept returns on January 27. New Yorkers can call 311 or visit nyc.gov/taxprep and use DCWP’s interactive map to search for the most convenient free tax site near them. A checklist of what New Yorkers need to bring with them to file is available at nyc.gov/taxprep.

For most sites, New Yorkers with an annual income of $64,000 or less with children - or $45,000 or less without children - can visit a tax site in the five boroughs. At the sites, returns can be prepared in-person by an IRS certified VITA/TCE volunteer preparer or dropped-off to be completed by the preparer. At the convenient drop-off sites, filers can drop off their tax documents and return later to pick up the completed return or receive it by email.

To read more, visit nyc.gov