2010-02-19 / Community

NYC Offering Free Online Tax Preparation Service

As part of Mayor Bloomberg’s 8th Annual Tax Credit Campaign spearheaded by the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE), Commissioner Jonathan Mintz have announced the City’s first ever online free tax preparation service for city residents. It is available by visiting nyc.gov/OnlineFreeTaxPrep.

New Yorkers who earn $58,000 or less per tax return qualify to prepare and electronically file their tax returns for free. The service is powered by One Economy Corporation – a nonprofit that leverages the power of technology to empower people to enter the economic mainstream – with their online tax filing software The Beehive. In 2007, nearly 2.5 million New Yorkers paid to have their income tax returns prepared. The City estimates that more than 2.7 million New Yorkers may qualify for this free online tax preparation service.

“New York is a do-it-yourself kind of City where people like to get things done quickly. That’s why we are excited to offer this free online tax filing program in conjunction with our partners at Beehive,” said Mintz. “Now that everyone has their W-2 forms, why not file quickly and claim every dollar of tax credits you have coming to you? Visit nyc.gov/OnlineFreeTaxPrep and go get your refund!”

“One Economy created an online tax filing platform to make it easier for low- and moderate-income Americans to get the credits and refunds they deserve,” said Rey Ramsey, Chairman of One Economy. “With the support of our partners, we are able to take our digital tools and resources directly into the community and provide local taxpayers with the knowledge and confidence to file online themselves.”

City residents interested in filing their taxes online using the City’s new service should visit nyc.gov/Online- FreeTaxPrep and make sure they have the following information: • An e-mail address; • 2008 Adjusted Gross Income; • W-2 forms from all employers; • All 1098 and 1099 forms; • Proof of any other income, e.g. lottery

winnings; • Total paid for child care provider and

the provider’s Taxpayer Identification Number or SSN (if claiming the

New York City Child Care Tax Credit);

• Bank account and routing numbers

(if direct depositing a refund); and name, address, and phone number of landlord (if claiming the Renter’s

Credit)

When preparing tax returns online, City residents should type in “NYC” not “New York” when prompted to fill in their locality from Box 20 on the W- 2 form.

In addition to this new online tax filing service, the City also offers drop-in locations where certified tax specialists from Food Bank for New York can assist New Yorkers with filing their taxes online and answer any question they may have. The following locations offer assisted online tax preparation: • Northern Manhattan Improvement

Corporation (NMIC)

76 Wadsworth Avenue New York, • St. John’s Bread & Life

795 Lexington Avenue, Brooklyn,

New York City’s Tax Credit Coalition Campaign is supported in part by donations made to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. Funders include H&R Block, Bank of America, BNY Mellon, Citi, ConEd, Fidelity Investments and M&T Bank. The campaign includes partnering city agencies, non-profit organizations, the IRS and media sponsors the Daily News, El Diario and Hot 97.

The Mayor’s Fund is a not-for-profit organization established to strengthen public programs serving the needs and general welfare of New Yorkers. To learn more about the Mayor’s Fund, or to make a contribution to the Tax Credit Coalition Campaign, visit nyc.gov or call 311 and ask about making financial contributions to New York City.

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