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July 15 is the new April 15 for filing taxes 

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Matt Ryan New York Now
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Wednesday, July 15, is the new April 15 for income tax filing, after the IRS postponed the deadline by three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Karen DeWitt spoke to the state’s tax commissioner, Michael Schmidt, about how the delay has effected taxpayers, and the state’s finances. You can listen to the interview by clicking the play button above.

Schmidt, says the bulk of New Yorkers, over 9 million, have already filed their taxes but around 1.3 million have not and are expected to do so by Wednesday. He says the department’s workers, some doing so remotely, have been busy processing forms and in some cases, issuing refunds. He adds that there is help available through the agency’s hotline, at 518-457- 5181.

“Wait times right now for personal income taxes are less than one minute,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt says those making $69,000 a year or less can use what’s known as the free file option. The tax department connects the taxpayer with a software system that they can use to file, free of charge, avoiding payments to tax filing programs or a tax preparer.    

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of public radio stations in New York state. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.