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Castelli Announces New Tax-Reporting Procedures

ALBANY, N.Y. – Assembly member Robert J. Castelli (R, C – Goldens Bridge) disclosed that there are new procedures in place at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to help streamline the state’s tax-reporting system, which he said would lower costs for taxpayers.

“We’ve enacted new policies that modernize and streamline the state’s tax system, in order to make filing New York state tax returns and receiving refunds easier and less costly for taxpayers,” he said. “Updating the state’s tax-reporting system and making it more user-friendly helps taxpayers receive their state rebates faster, while greatly cutting down on paper waste and the associated environmental and financial costs.”

Several of the changes that came about as a result of last year’s budget, which will affect this year’s state tax filings include:

New York State paper tax forms will no longer be mailed automatically. Tax forms are available at www.tax.ny.gov , at local libraries or by calling Castelli’s office at 914-686-7335.

  • Software companies can no longer charge a separate fee for the electronic filing of tax returns.
  • In addition to either direct deposit or paper check, taxpayers may now request to receive their tax refunds on a debit card.
  • Taxpayers with incomes below $57,000 may be eligible to prepare and file their federal and state income taxes for free.
  • An enhanced online service account will give taxpayers the ability to view their prior tax-filing history, respond online to department notices and to sign up for email alerts.

“Preparing and paying taxes is never an enjoyable experience,” Castelli said. “It‘s my duty to help expedite the process in order to make it less painful, while lowering the costs associated with it.”

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