senate Bill S4570

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Directs the department of taxation and finance to create and implement an online program which will enable New York state taxpayers to electronically file income tax returns free of charge

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to investigations and government operations
Apr 11, 2013 referred to investigations and government operations

S4570 - Bill Details

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A6766
Current Committee:
Senate Investigations And Government Operations
Law Section:
Taxation

S4570 - Bill Texts

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Directs the department of taxation and finance to create and implement an online program which will enable each New York state taxpayer to prepare and electronically file his or her federal and state income tax returns free of charge.

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BILL NUMBER:S4570

TITLE OF BILL: An act directing the department of taxation and
finance to create and implement an online program which will enable
each New York state taxpayer to prepare and electronically file his or
her federal and state income tax returns free of charge

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section One of the bill states that the department of taxation and
finance is authorized and directed to create and implement an online
program which will enable each New York State taxpayer to prepare and
electronically file his or her federal and state income tax returns
free of charge, regardless of the taxpayer's income level. The program
shall be made available to all New York State taxpayers in the
department's website no later than one hundred eighty days following
the effective date of this act.

EXISTING LAW: New law

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation shall direct the New York State
Department of Taxation and Finance to create an online program for all
New York State taxpayers to prepare and file their federal and state
income tax returns for free. Currently, there are a number of
different for-profit companies offering so-called "Free File," but
they often include hidden fees, and only taxpayers within certain
income ranges are eligible. Many years into the digital age, our
government is entirely capable of offering free online tax preparation
and electronic filing without forcing the taxpayer to be duped into
using possibly dubious private online tax preparation services.

It is a solid and fundamental principal that taxes are what we pay for
civilized society, and most New Yorkers are proud to help pay for
essential government programs like public education and food safety
regulation. Yet there is no justification for the fees charged by
for-profit tax prep and e-filing companies, which serve as obsolete
intermediaries in the digital age. Countless government services can
be easily accessed on government websites-from registering to vote to
applying for public benefits to making complaints about potholes-and
there is no reason that filing tax returns should be any different.
We don't force people making more than $57,000 to pay a private
company for help registering with the Selective Service System, and
the State of New York should not allow it for the filing of taxes
either.

Government should be embracing technology, not using it as a way to
direct people to the services of for-profit companies.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4570

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 11, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
  ment Operations

AN ACT directing the department of taxation and finance  to  create  and
  implement  an  online  program  which  will enable each New York state
  taxpayer to prepare and electronically file his  or  her  federal  and
  state income tax returns free of charge

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The department of taxation and finance  is  authorized  and
directed  to  create  and  implement an online program which will enable
each New York state taxpayer to prepare and electronically file  his  or
her  federal  and state income tax returns free of charge, regardless of
the taxpayer's income level. This program shall be made available to all
New York state taxpayers on the department's website no later  than  one
hundred eighty days following the effective date of this act.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10190-01-3

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