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Queens senator offers constituents tips to prepare for Tax Day

Mar. 21, 2023 Elijah Hamilton

In preparation for Tax Day on Tuesday, April 18, the office of State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr will bring representatives from the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) to his Middle Village office to inform residents about NYC Free Tax Prep services and other programs on Wednesday, April 5, located at 66-85 73rd Pl from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

According to Addabbo, the NYC Free Tax Prep services will help New Yorkers eliminate tax preparer fees along with helping self-employed residents.

“In these tight economic times, it is so essential for people to get the most out of their taxes. Eliminating any tax preparer fees is a good start, so these programs offered by DCWP allow NYC residents who meet the income threshold to file their taxes for free,” Addabbo said. “With new free tax prep services for self-employed New Yorkers and financial counseling at the NYC Financial Empowerment Centers, this informational event has something for everyone.”

The NYC Free Tax Prep program is open to anyone who lives or works in New York City and meets the income requirements.Families with dependents who earned $80,000 or less and individuals who earned $56,000 or less in 2022 can use this service to file for free with an IRS-certified VITA/TCE volunteer preparer and avoid having to pay expensive tax preparation fees.

The documents needed to file taxes under the NYC Free Tax Prep program for free includes Government-issued photo ID, and Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers, ITIN determination letters and birth dates for you, your spouse, and your dependents.

Residents will also need proof of income, including Form W-2 ,Form 1099-INT , Form 1099-DIV, Form 1099-R , Form W-2G , and any other forms that may pertain to your specific situation.

The NYC Free Tax Prep offers multiple options to file for free, including in-person, drop-off, virtual and online services.

A checklist of what documents New Yorkers need to bring with them to file, and multilingual information about the services are available online.

DCWP Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayugav will be in attendance  thanked Senator Addabbo, and his office for helping New Yorkers keep their money

“Since 2008, NYC Free Tax Prep has helped New Yorkers file more than 1.4 million tax returns, saving them more than $216 million in potential filing fees,” said Vera Mayuga. “This year, we’re helping more filers with the newly enhanced NYC Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and our expanded NYC Free Tax Prep services for self-employed New Yorkers. Thank you to Senator Addabbo and our amazing tax prep partners for working to help New Yorkers keep their hard-earned money.”DCWP will also announce the new NYC Free Tax Prep service for self-employed New Yorkers. If you work for yourself, you must file taxes annually and make estimated tax payments quarterly.




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