Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Tax Season 2017: Remember to Take Advantage of all Resources Available in NYC and Nationwide

Mar 30, 2017
The Serrano Report

March 30, 2017 

Dear friend,

As you file your taxes this year, don’t forget to take advantage of all the federal and local NYC resources available to successfully complete your taxes and save money in the process. There are various resources in particular that you should be aware of as you complete your taxes.

For those who earn less than $54,000 a year, there are many sites throughout New York City, including in the Bronx, where you can get free help filing your taxes and advice on which tax credits you qualify for.  In fact, this year NYC’s government announced the expansion of tax preparation sites, including 7 additional locations in the Bronx. Find the free tax preparation sites closest to you by visitinghttp://www.nyc.gov/html/dca/html/TaxMap/index.html.  Make sure to bring the following documentation:  http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Checklist-for-Free-Tax-Return-Preparation.

Qualifying working families can also take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Every year, this important tax credit helps millions of eligible working families receive as much as $6,143 in tax refunds. If you earned less than $52,427 in 2014, depending on your marital status and family size, you may qualify this year. Only individuals with a social security number can take advantage of this benefit. Visit www.irs.gov/eitc to find out if you are eligible.  You can further maximize how much money you end up with in your pockets through the Child Tax Credit (CTC), which is for people with a qualifying child; and the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC), for qualified higher education expenses.  These credits are important resources that help working families make ends meet and access higher education.

Every year, millions of people miss out on these great opportunities for much needed financial relief simply because they don’t know about them, that they qualify, or that they must claim these credits to get them. Make sure you’re not one of them and let these great tax breaks pass by. You must claim these credits to get them. For more information about the EITC, the CTC, the AOTC and other tax credits visit http://www.irs.gov/Credits-&-Deductions

This tax season, we want to make sure you're taking advantage of all the tax completion services and  relief programs available to help hard working families like yours have more money in their pockets and thrive financially. Don’t miss out on these great opportunities – use local free tax help if you need it and check if you're eligible for any tax credits today!

You have until April 18th to file your return or apply for an extension online or via regular mail, so start compiling and make sure you have all the personal documents that you need ready.

My office staff is also available to answer any questions, and help you in any way they can, during or after tax season. If you have any questions about our tax system or our government's tax policy, my staff can answer your questions during constituent hours. They can also assist you with IRS disputes by putting you in touch with the right government agency and guiding you through the process. Visit http://serrano.house.gov/serving-you/help-federal-agency for more information on how to request help in dealing with a federal agency.

Sincerely,

Jose E. Serrano