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Federal & State Tax Return Deadline

April 15, 2024

1 in 3 Americans with an annual household income of less than $50,000 paid a tax professional or company to do their taxes even though they likely would have gotten that help for free. Residents of the Eighth Congressional District of New York have several valuable resources to help them during the 2024 tax season.

The NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) provides free tax preparation services for families who earned $80,000 or less or singles who earned $56,000 or less in 2023. Please visit NYC Free Tax Prep – ACCESS NYC to learn more about what to include and how to apply, as well as the IRS website for general guidance. You can find more information for small businesses by visiting Small Businesses Self-Employed | Internal Revenue Service.

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Individual Online Account

The IRS Individual Online Account now offers real-time chat support and enhanced financial management tools, including flexible payment scheduling and secure bank account storage. This significantly improves user convenience and security in managing tax obligations.

These upgrades, combined with access to comprehensive tax records and robust security measures, provide a streamlined and secure user experience for managing tax obligations.

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Direct File Pilot Program

The Direct File Pilot Program, introduced in 2024 by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), is an initiative to streamline the tax filing process. This program allows eligible taxpayers to file their 2023 federal tax returns directly with the IRS.

This pilot seeks to simplify tax filing, ensuring a smoother experience for participants while potentially setting a new standard for future tax seasons.

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Free File program

The IRS Free File Program offers two free online tax filing options: Guided Tax Software for taxpayers with an AGI of $79,000 or less, and Free File Fillable Forms for those above this threshold.

This public-private partnership ensures accessible, secure tax preparation and filing solutions for all income levels, reducing the cost of tax compliance for millions of Americans.


Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation Tax Preparation

Restoration provides thousands of Central Brooklyn residents free assistance every tax season. In the 2022 tax season alone, Restoration counselors helped file over 3,600 returns, helping secure over $5 million in tax returns cumulatively for clients. Restoration will offer in-person and drop-off tax services from January to April of the 2024 tax season.

Eligibility: Married and filing jointly – anyone with $85,000 or less income. Single – anyone with $59,000 or less income. Single with dependents – anyone with an income of $85,000 or less. Self-employed – anyone with expenses of $5,000 or less.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office in Central Brooklyn at (718) 237-2211 or my office in South Brooklyn at (718) 373-0033.