It is truly hard to believe that we are down to the final days of the tax season in 2012. When looking to file 2011 New York state income taxes via the mail it might be common to search for the printable tax forms that are needed. The most common tax form for NY tax filers will be the NY.gov tax form IT-201 PDF File. For all forms that are needed to file Federal income taxes bookmark the following page: Federal IRS Tax Forms.
Below is the link for the PDF file for the NY Tax Form IT-201:
American taxpayers have until April 17th, 2012 to file both federal and state income taxes but it might be a wise decision to file sooner rather than later. If individuals wait until the last minute they will likely find that stress makes the tax filing process much worse. It is often the case that everything bad that could happen will happen when there is a time constraint on anything. Your printer may have worked for the last few months and it happens to be out of ink. You may have had tons of printing paper but you are now out. Your internet connection has worked fine but now it is bogging down with all the taxpayers accessing IRS.gov and NY.gov. These are all things that could be avoided if taxpayers are willing to do their research early.
Both the federal government and state governments throughout the United States have worked very hard to help taxpayers make this process as easy as possible. By accessing the Frequently Asked Questions portion of any government website most will be able to better educate themselves on problems that others are having. Recognize that any problem you are having is likely a problem for someone else as well. Asking a few of your friends on Google+, Facebook and Twitter might also be an option as there are tons of accountants on these social networks. It might also be a good idea to look at Turbo Tax, TaxSlayer and H&R Block to see if they have any live chat help. Remember that these companies will push their products but you may be able to get a few quick answer to some very common questions. It never hurts to ask.
In the state of New York millions will look for assistance when it comes to filing state income taxes. Before hiring any accountant it would be wise to do a little bit of research on the accounting degrees that are offered within the state. There are plenty of people out there looking to make a quick buck and scam people out of money and you do not want to be part of this. The list below will help you see what schools offer an accounting degree within the state:
- Adelphi University
- Binghamton University
- Canisius College
- Columbia University
- Cornell University
- CUNY Brooklyn College
- Fordham University
- Iona College
- Marist College
- New York University
- Saint Bonaventure University
- Siena College
- St. Joseph’s University
- SUNY at Albany
- Syracuse University
- University at Buffalo
- University of Rochester
All of these schools and universities have websites that should help taxpayers find out more about the accounting programs and potential students that can help in March or April of 2012.
If your accountant or potential accountant refuses to tell you where he or she got their degree then it might be a good idea to look for some other options. Contacting some of the local community colleges and/or universities to get some help is an idea. You may be surprised to find that there are many college seniors that would be very willing to help just to get some experience. If you are willing to accept that it will be a learning process for both of you then it might be a good route. While working with the college student you will likely get a ton of knowledge out of the entire process. If you simply hand all of your forms to an accountant it is usually the case that you will learn very little.
Here are some valuable resources that should help all NY Taxpayers:
- NY Tax Rate Lowest in 58 Years
- Tax Filing Stats and Snapshot
- Check NY State Refund Status Online
- Contact Phone Numbers for NY.gov Employees
- NY Tax FAQ Page
These are just a few of the many awesome resources that have been provided by the New York state government. There are also some great resources on the IRS.gov website so make sure to check those out as well. Here are a few of the other forms that could be needed by NY State income taxpayers:
Frequently Used NY.gov Tax Forms
- Form IT-201 ATT (other Taxes and Tax Credits)
- IT-2 Summary of W2 Statements
- Form IT-213 – Claim for Empire State Child Credit
- Form IT-214 – Claim for Real Property Tax Credit for Homeowners and Renters
- Form IT-215 – Claim for Earned Income Credit
- Form IT-216 - Claim for Child and Dependent Care Credit
- Form IT-272 – Claim for College Tuition Credit or Itemized Deduction
- Form IT-1099-R – Summary of Federal Form 1099-R Statements
- Form IT-1099-UI – Summary of Unemployment Compensation Payments
- Form IT-2104 – Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate
All of the forms needed can be downloaded and printed from any computer. Remember that these are PDF files so you will not be able to change them other than to fill in your information. This is a very helpful tool for those who have terrible penmanship or simply do not want to fill out the forms with a pen. Filling these documents out on a computer, printing them off and then mailing them via the United States Postal Service is just one way to file NY taxes in 2012.
All taxpayers should realize that you will be filing 2011 Federal and State income taxes in 2012. The fact that 2012 has not been completed means that you will wait to file 2012 taxes until January, February, March or April of 2013. This is hard for some people to think about but realize that you need tax forms for the year prior to the year we are currently in. For those looking for Federal forms or a list of online eFile products make sure to check out some of these links: