State residents whose combined income did not exceed $62,000 can e-file their taxes for free at a local FSA site; e-filing is convenient, more accurate and can result in a faster refund
Albany, NY – With “Tax Day” (April 15) quickly approaching, Senator Kathy Marchione (R,C,I-Halfmoon), Chair of the Senate’s Local Government Committee and member of the Senate’s Finance Committee, today promoted the option of constituents e-filing their tax returns and also the availability of free help to assist in the effort.
Noted on the State Department of Taxation and Finance’s website (www.tax.ny.gov) individuals with incomes of less than $62,000 can visit a local Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) site to prepare and electronically file (e-file) their federal and state tax returns for free. Volunteers with the State Tax Department will be on-hand to help guide individuals through the preparation and filing process that takes approximately one hour.
Approximately 90 percent of New Yorkers qualify to e-file their State return for free and the error rate for e-filed returns is lower than for paper returns, according to the State Department of Taxation and Finance. In addition, e-filers who qualify for tax refunds can receive them faster than paper filers.
Individuals visiting a FSA site for tax filing help are requested to bring the following items:
- Copy of federal and state tax return from last year (if filed);
- Picture ID (driver’s license, passport);
- Affordable healthcare statement (Form 1095-A, Form 1095-B, or Form 1095-C);
- Health insurance exemption certificate (if received);
- Information related to any credits being claimed;
- Bank account and routing numbers (so any refund may be directly deposited); and
- Proof of income: Forms W-2, 1098, 1099, and any other documents showing additional income.
Locations, dates and times of FSA sites operating in or near the 43rd Senate District:
“Tax Day is fast approaching and I want to remind individuals who qualify of the option of e-filing their taxes at one of the State Department of Taxation and Finance’s FSA sites where they can e-file for free. E-filing is fast, convenient, more accurate and can result in a faster tax refund,” Senator Marchione said.
“For qualifying individuals, going to a FSA site to prepare and e-file their tax returns is a great way to get a head start in getting their taxes done, avoid the pressure of the ‘Tax Day’ rush, and, if they are eligible for a refund, to receive it even faster,” Senator Marchione stated.
For more information about e-filing and the tax preparation and free e-filing assistance available from a FSA site, visit the State Department of Taxation and Finance’s website at www.tax.ny.gov or call Senator Marchione’s office at (518) 371-2751.