The nearly 20% increase—with more than two months to go before the filing deadline—stems from the Tax Department’s awareness campaign
NYS Tax Commissioner Michael Schmidt urges eligible taxpayers to use the Free File program in this time of social distancing and shares tips for a smooth process
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today announced more than 185,400 taxpayers have filed both their federal and New York State personal income tax returns for free through the department’s website, www.tax.ny.gov. That’s already nearly a 20% increase from last year with two months still to file ahead of the extended July 15 deadline. Additionally, the Free File program has saved New York taxpayers $39 million on tax preparation fees.
A Tax Department awareness campaign launched in January helped drive the spike in use. It included a targeted email to millions of eligible taxpayers, partnerships with other state agencies and community organizations, media interviews, and social media engagement. In addition, more than 85% of those who used the free tax preparation software to complete and file their returns reported that it was easy.
To be directed to the free filing options, simply click Free File your income tax return on the Tax Department’s website.