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Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) program


Did you receive Excluded Workers Fund (EWF) benefits in 2021?

The Department of Labor (DOL) mailed you federal Form 1099-G with:

  • the amount of the EWF benefits you received in Box 6, and
  • the amount of New York State withholding in Box 11.

You must report EWF benefits when you file your federal and state income tax returns.

If you are e-filing your return, your software should prompt you to enter all the information from your Form 1099-G, including Box 6. If it does not, contact your software company for assistance.

If you are filing a paper return, report the amount in Box 6 as other income on:

  • line 8Z of Schedule 1 of the federal Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, and
  • line 16 of New York State Form IT-201, Resident Income Tax Return.

Visit DOL at 1099-G Tax Information for Excluded Workers Fund to learn more about the Form 1099-G for EWF they sent you.

If your federal adjusted gross income (FAGI) was $73,000 or less, you qualify to receive free virtual tax assistance from the department. We can help you electronically prepare and file your 2021 federal and state income tax returns at no cost. (Note: Federal adjusted gross income is defined as gross income minus adjustments to income. Gross income includes your wages, dividends, capital gains, business income, retirement distributions, as well as other income. For more information, visit the IRS at Definition of Adjusted Gross Income.)

During a pre-scheduled virtual webinar session using WebEx or Zoom, our department representatives will guide you through free tax preparation software, step-by-step, as you complete and file your own tax return. Our online tax software is a safe and secure way to file. It’s quick and easy!

For step-by-step instructions and videos to help you prepare to file and choose the software that's right for you, see Get ready to e-file your income tax return.

What you need to file:

  • a lap-top, desktop or tablet, plus a smart phone or webcam to verify identity
  • basic computer skills
  • an active e-mail account
  • all your tax documents
  • a copy of your 2020 tax return (if you filed)

Note: Remember to have a copy of last year’s return available so you have all the information you need to easily e-file!

Register for a virtual session

Register to attend a virtual session directly with the department or through one of our partners.

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to our intake questionnaire. You should review and fill out the intake questionnaire to ensure you have all the documents needed to complete your return during the session.

Can’t find a session that works for you: Access free tax preparation software

From the comfort of your home, you can use your own computer, tablet, or mobile device to prepare and e-file your income tax returns whenever and wherever you want using the same secure software we use during our FSA sessions. To learn more, visit Free File.

Important: Make sure you review the eligibility criteria for each software provider before selecting a product.

How to have a successful FSA filing experience

For more information, see Individuals.

Need a partner who can prepare your tax return for free? To find a VITA partner near you, use the IRS VITA/TCE Locator Tool, or visit www.IRS.gov and search VITA location.

Please review our e-file disclaimer.

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