Issues: Taxes

Free Tax Filing for Eligible Taxpayers

Citizens who earned $58,000 or less in 2010 or served on active military duty may be eligible for free tax preparation services. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is urging eligible taxpayers to use FreeFile, a program providing user friendly software that makes it easy to claim all the credits and deductions to which you are entitled. In addition, your taxes will be E-Filed, meaning quicker and more accurate processing and faster returns. Go to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance’s website at www.tax.ny.gov and click on FreeFile for more information.

February 23, 2011
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STAR Program

If you own your home, and are turning 65 or older anytime during 2011, and meet the income requirements, you may qualify for the “Enhanced” STAR program that can help reduce your school taxes this year. Enhanced STAR offers a bigger break on your property taxes than Basic STAR, which is available to most other homeowners.

You must apply for this important property tax relief benefit, and the deadline is March 1, 2011 in most towns and cities. (Exceptions include Utica, which has a deadline of Aug. 1; and Rome, with a deadline of July 26. But you can still send in your application now.) You won’t have to reapply every year if you enroll in the optional Income Verification Program.

February 17, 2011
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Tax Department Announces Free Tax Filing Service For Eligible Taxpayers

Tax Department Announces Free Tax Filing Service For Eligible TaxpayersWebsite Offers Qualifying Guidelines For Using FreeFile

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Acting Commissioner Thomas H. Mattox today urged taxpayers to take advantage of FreeFile - a program providing free state and federal tax preparation and e-filing services to qualified New York State taxpayers.

Half of New York's taxpayers qualify for free or reduced fees to file electronically through FreeFile. You may be eligible if you earned $58,000 or less in 2010 or you served in the military in 2010.

February 16, 2011
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NYS Senator Greg Ball Legislative Report - February 15, 2011

State Senator Greg Ball hosts his February 15 legislative report with 12-year-old Tea Party Activist Michael Buffone and Peter Gadiel, President of 9/11 Families for a Secure America.

February 15, 2011
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LaValle Invites Budget Stakeholders to Provide Input, Grassroots Effort Examines Budget and Local Impact.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,I, C – Port Jefferson) today said he is conducting a broad, grassroots examination of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s  proposed executive budget and meeting with local stakeholders to hear firsthand how the budget impacts local groups, organizations and individuals.

“The State has a $10 billion budget gap that demands we realign priorities, eliminate waste and make very difficult decisions about programs and services,” LaValle said. “We have a $130 billion budget and must work within its footprint.”

“I am determined that the budget process be open and transparent,” LaValle said.

February 15, 2011
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ADDABBO WARNS TAXPAYERS: CHECK CREDENTIALS OF YOUR TAX PREPARER

Tax Credit Fraud Investigation by Dept. of Taxation & Finance Saves the State Millions

February 15, 2011
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Senator Ball Hosts Local Elected Officials Summit

CARMEL, NY (02/03/2011) - Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) hosted a bi-partisan summit today to develop common solutions for local problems, such as MS4, mandate relief, government consolidation, and resource sharing. The summit included presentations from Putnam County Executive Paul Eldridge, Vincent Tamangna, Chairman of the Putnam County Legislature, and Carmel Town Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt.

February 14, 2011
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Senator Parker Passes S. 1054 Legislation that Promotes the Sale of Low-Emission and Energy Efficient Vehicles

For Immediate Release:  Tuesday, February 8, 2011Please Contact: Ricja Rice, Esq., (518) 455-2580rrice@nysenate.gov

SENATOR PARKER PROMOTES SALES OF LOW-EMISSION AND ENERGY EFFICIENT VEHICLES

(Albany, NY)  Today, Senator Kevin S. Parker (D-Brooklyn) passed a bill out of the New York State Senate’s Committee on Energy and Telecommunications, which if passed, would help stimulate the sales of low-emission and energy efficient vehicles..

February 11, 2011
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Senator Ball Urges Governor To Schedule SAGE Hearing

ALBANY, NY (02/08/2011) - Senator Greg Ball (R, C - Patterson) today sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, requesting that the Governor schedule a Public Hearing of the Savings and Government Efficiencies Commission before February 18. The letter reads: Governor Cuomo: I respectfully request that a Public Hearing of the Savings and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission be scheduled before February 18 so that we may immediately begin the work of finding opportunities to cut government operations by at least twenty percent. As you are aware, appointments to the SAGE Commission began the first week of January. Now, six weeks after the first appointments, the SAGE Commission has not yet scheduled its first meeting.

February 8, 2011
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Senator O'Mara calls for property tax cap AND mandate relief

Albany, N.Y., January 31—The New York State Senate has approved legislation that would allow New York to join 43 other states that have put a cap on school and local government property tax increases.In this video, Senator O'Mara speaks in support of the measure during debate on the floor of the New York State Senate.

February 4, 2011
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2011-2012 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Taxes"

Joint Legislative Public Hearing Notice and Testimonies for Taxes

February 14, 1:00 PM - 2:21 PM
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Senator Ball Brings Together Local Elected Officials

Ball: We have to work together, regardless of party affiliation, to come up with solutions.

CARMEL, NY (02/03/2011) - Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) hosted a bi-partisan summit today to develop common solutions for local problems, such as MS4, mandate relief, government consolidation, and resource sharing. The summit included presentations from Putnam County Executive Paul Eldridge, Vincent Tamangna, Chairman of the Putnam County Legislature, and Carmel Town Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt.

“We all have the same issues, and the solutions are in your heads,” Ball told the audience of Supervisors, Councilmen, Legislators, and other local officials. “The men and women in this room have so much knowledge at the local level to work from, and today is an opportunity to get something done in Albany. Let’s use this opportunity, as stewards of your local municipalities, to make changes that need to be made.”

February 3, 2011
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Griffo Reports of Senate’s Quick Adoption of Tax Cap and Mandate Relief Measures

Griffo Reports of Senate’s Quick Adoption of Tax Cap and Mandate Relief Measures

(Albany) – Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) today said that the Senate passed measures designed to give the New Yorkers relief from property taxes and to ease the burden of unfunded state mandates on schools and municipal governments. 

“We took the first major step today toward reining in runaway government spending,” said State Senator Griffo. “The property tax cap represents needed change to help make New York affordable again without compromising public safety or essential government services.”

February 2, 2011
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ADDABBO VOTES "NO" ON PROPERTY TAX CAP BILL

 No Relief for Residents of New York City  Queens, NY, February 1, 2011 -- NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), released the following statement on why he rejected S.2706, the property tax cap bill, when it came to a vote yesterday in the Senate:  "While I would have supported a true property tax cap that benefits all people, S.2706 does not include any property tax relief for residents of my district or anyone else in New York City who are specifically excluded in this bill. Therefore, I could not support this bill that could actually hurt my constituents." 

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February 2, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC RELEASES STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR CUOMO'S BUDGET PROPOSAL

“The classic budget rhetoric wars of the past will fail this year – and I suggest the special interests tone down their rhetoric and stand as partners in finding solutions, rather than take out advertisements, which merely fight for the status quo.” 

“This year, taxpayers have said enough! Taxpayers have said:

February 1, 2011
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February 1, 2011
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Senator Klein's Comments Regarding The Tax Cap

Senator Klein's youtube video of the Jan. 31, 2011 tax cap bill.

February 1, 2011
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