CAPITOL New Yorkers making less than $57,000 a year can file state and federal income tax returns for free at the state Department of Taxation and Finance website.
"One of the main goals of my administration is to save taxpayers money whenever and wherever possible," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. "The fees charged by software companies are not always made clear in advance. Visit the State Tax Department's Web site to ensure you don't incur unexpected fees."
Taxpayers with an adjusted gross income at $57,000 or less in 2012 can use the state's "Free File" program.
New York State Taxpayer Rights Advocate Camille Siano Enders noted that more than half of the state's taxpayers are elgible to file for free. "The software is very user-friendly and can be accessed from any personal computer with Internet access," Enders said in a statement.
File electronically at the www.tax.ny.gov. The deadline to file income taxes is April 15.
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