Special Outreach Project with New York City's Department of Finance

Important information for IRS partners and government agencies and offices in New York City

The NYC Department of Finance, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the IRS are trying to reach New York City residents who appear to be eligible but did not claim the Earned Income Tax Credit on their 2017 federal tax returns. IRS already sent these individuals a letter, but they did not reply. Letter for those with dependents. Letter for those without dependents.

NYC sent second notices to 2,838 residents in February of 2021 and we welcome your help in alerting clients to this mailing. 


The letter includes instructions, worksheets and information on where to get help. Those who receive these letters may be eligible to receive up to $6,318 from the IRS for tax year 2017, but they must reply and provide the requested information.

Also, these residents may be eligible for the State and/or City Earned Income Tax Credit for tax year 2017.  If New York State determines they qualify for this credit, the State Department of Taxation will mail the New York State and City EITC checks directly to them with no further paperwork required.

How Can You Help?

Alert your clients, customers, or constituents about the mailing and encourage those who receive letters to reply and get the EITC they earned.

Use one of the examples below to get the word out about the NYC Department of Finance project or great your own.

But, Hurry:

Most filers need to file by May 17, 2021 for tax year 2017. But they should also, check  2018, 2019 and 2020 tax returns to see if they claimed EITC. And, let them know to use the EITC Assistant to find out if they are eligible for 2018, 2019 or 2020. Also, provide links to the 1040X instructions for information on filing amended returns for tax years 2018, 2019 and 2020 if needed.