Here Are Safe Ways And Consumer-Friendly Options For Getting Your Taxes Done

January 23, 2024

There are some free options out there like Intuit’s “free service,” but if you don’t want to mess with software or run the chance that there’s going to be some sort of gotcha.

There are some “real” free sources of tax help from Harlem to Hawaii:

If your adjusted gross income was $79,000 or less, the IRS Free File Program has free guided tax prep software for your federal taxes. Use this tool to find an IRS Free File trusted partner.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is an IRS program that helps people who make $64,000 or less, have a disability or who don’t feel comfortable speaking English. Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) helps people 60 and older.

For servicemembers or veterans, MilTax is the Department of Defense’s free filing program. There, you can check eligibility, including for family members and survivors. Or start with the FAQs to learn more.


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Beginning this year, the IRS also launched a Direct File pilot. If you’re eligible and choose to participate in the pilot, you can electronically file your 2023 federal tax return for free directly with the IRS.

Keep an eye on this tax season’s IRS’s Free File Fillable Forms, opening any day now, to check eligibility and get online versions of your federal tax forms, but no guidance.

Don’t forget, there are also state tax agencies that can help with filing tax returns, too writes Consumer Affairs.

Here are other NYC Tax Resources

  • NYC Free Tax Prep – https://www.nyc.gov/site/dca/consumers/file-your-taxes.page
  • Free tax prep services – https://access.nyc.gov/programs/nyc-free-tax-prep/
  • Free tax return preparation assistance – https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/file/vita.htm
  • Food Bank NYC – https://www.foodbanknyc.org/taxhelp/
  • IRS Get Free Tax Prep Help – http://tinyurl.com/47amnyd3

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