If you need help in completing your taxes before April 17, you have a resource in the state Tax Department. Taxpayers with incomes less than $50,000 can take advantage of free income-tax preparation at one of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites found throughout the state.
VITA services can be found at 500 locations around the state, with many in Nassau County. Volunteers are trained in all areas of tax preparation and can help complete prior years’ returns, according to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. The Tax Department estimates that 96 percent of VITA site-prepared returns were error-free last tax season, compared to the national average of 87 percent.
Trained community volunteers will help you prepare your return, assist you in taking advantage of valuable tax credits like the earned income tax credit, and, electronically file your return, which are available in most locations.
The addresses of each location, as well as more information about the Free File program, can be found on the Tax Department’s website at www.tax.ny.gov or the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Locations (https://www8.tax.ny.gov/VTAL/vtalHome). Locations in Nassau County include Hempstead, Farmingdale, East Meadow, Plainedge, Franklin Square, West Hempstead, Westbury and Uniondale. You can call 1-800-906-9887 to locate the nearest VITA site.
There is also another service available to taxpayers with incomes less than $57,000. They can file their returns from their home computers at no cost with "Free File." The Free File service allows taxpayers to file state and federal taxes from home using software that can catch commonly made mistakes.