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LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Two state agencies joined with local organizations on Wednesday to remind eligible New Yorkers there is still time to get free tax assistance at hundreds of locations across the state.
According to a press release from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), in the three weeks’ time until the April 15 income tax deadline, half of New York State’s taxpayers, 5 million in total, will be filing their returns.
“We encourage the millions of New Yorkers who will be filing their taxes in the next three weeks, to consider free tax preparation options,” said OTDA Executive Deputy Commissioner Sharon Devine. “By completing their tax return through a free site, New Yorkers will receive all the tax credits they deserve, while avoiding the cost of using a paid tax preparer.”
At the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites, coordinated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the AARP sites, trained volunteer preparers will work with all who are eligible receive Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) and other tax credits. This can mean savings up to several thousand dollars to low-income families. Last year alone, EITC was claimed by 1.8 million New Yorkers with an estimated combined Federal, State and New York City payout of more than $5 billion.
“If you’re comfortable using software to prepare your own taxes and your income is under $60,000, visit www.tax.ny.gov to do your taxes at no cost,” said incoming Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Kenneth Adams. “If you prefer more hands-on assistance, you can be confident that the trained volunteers at the hundreds of free sites statewide are well-prepared to help you.”
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