Week of 3/20/2017 through 3/24/2017
Important Publications and Notices
- Welcome to the weekly update from ORPTS:
-Enhanced STAR Income Verification Application
-Local options to extend the filing period for the Senior Citizens exemption
- NYS PrompTax Sales Tax-Payment reminder (March 2017)
We must receive your next PrompTax payment for sales tax on or before Monday, March 27, 2017.This is for the periods of February 23 – February 28 and March 1 – March 22.
- Identity theft information for tax professionals
To help you assist clients who are victims of tax-related identity theft, the IRS has compiled a fact sheet, specifically for tax professionals.
- Extended Call Center Hours for Taxpayers Ahead of Sales Tax Deadline
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today announced that it will extend the hours of its call center today, March 20, to assist taxpayers filing sales tax returns before the midnight deadline. Call center representatives will be available for an additional three hours, until 7:30 p.m. The call center opens weekdays at 8:30 a.m.
The Tax Department expects 80,000 sales tax returns to be filed on March 20 alone, with several thousand submitted within only a few hours of the midnight deadline. The total dollar amount for those returns will most likely exceed $300 million. Taxpayers with questions can call 518-485-2889 for help in filing their returns.
- Free Tax Filing Assistance Available in Central New York
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today encouraged all eligible taxpayers in Central New York to take advantage of three free tax filing assistance events scheduled for March 22, March 23, and March 28. Tax Department employees will be available to help low- and middle-income taxpayers e-file their taxes for free.
Central New York taxpayers with adjusted gross household incomes of $64,000 or less in 2016 qualify to electronically prepare and file their tax returns using free online software at these events.
- Check Your Eligibility: Millions of Dollars Available to NYS Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded all volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers to check their eligibility for the volunteer firefighters' and ambulance workers' credit. In 2014, the last year for which data is available, more than 79,600 volunteers received a total of $15.9 million.
“Volunteers across the state, who dedicate their time and put themselves in harm’s way for their communities, have more than earned this tax benefit,” said Acting Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Nonie Manion. “I encourage every eligible volunteer firefighter and volunteer ambulance worker to claim this tax credit.”