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How to file Your NYS and Federal Income Tax

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It's that time of year again, and if you haven't filed.... or haven't even thought about filing your NYS and Federal tax returns by April 15th, here's how to go about it.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. Keep up to date with the tax laws

    The IRS website can help you learn about any recent tax changes for individuals.

  2. Filing Your New York State Income Tax

    • You can easily download your New York State tax forms and instructions.

    • Or you can call for forms at (518) 457-5431, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you don't have free long distance calls, you can call toll free at (800) 462-8100.

    • For telephone assistance for the hearing or speech impaired with access to a text telephone (TTY), please call (800) 634-2110.

  3. Fax-on-demand forms or in person

    • For fax-on-demand forms, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you can call (800) 748-3676. You'll hear an index of form codes, and you'll be given a fax code for each form so you can select the one you need to have faxed to you.

    • NYS tax forms are also available at your local NYS Department of Taxation and Finance District Offices:

    • Nassau District Office, 400 Oak Street, Garden City, New York 11530

    • Suffolk District Office, State Office Building, Room 1B3, Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, New York 11788

  4. Filing Your Federal Income Tax

    You can download Federal tax forms and publications at the Internal Revenue Service website.

  5. Filing Electronically

    One of the easiest ways to file your tax returns is by filing online.

    You can file your NYS Tax returns electronically.

    You can also file your Federal Tax Returns online.

  6. Need Help with Preparing Your Taxes?

    In addition to the many tax accountants available on Long Island, you may qualify for free tax preparation.

    The Internal Revenue Service has has online information on who qualifies for Free Tax Return Preparation by Volunteers. The programs include the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, Tax Counseling for the Elderly and tax help for military personnel and their families.

    Seniors can check out AARP's online list of AARP Tax-Aide sites or by calling (888) 227-7669. Volunteers will help seniors prepare their taxes.

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