2012 New York State Individual Tax Return Forms

You must file a New York State income tax return if you’re a New York State resident and are required to file a federal return. You may also have to file a New York State return if you’re a nonresident of New York and you have income from New York State sources.

 

New York State residents – Form IT-201, Resident Income Tax Return

Instructions for Form IT-201

If

  • You have to file a federal return.
  • You didn’t have to file a federal return but your federal adjusted gross income1 plus New York additions2 was more than $4,000 ($3,000 if you are single1 and can be claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer’s federal return).
  • You want to claim a refund of any New York State, New York City, or Yonkers income taxes withheld from your pay.

You may have additional filing responsibilities if you’re a New York City or Yonkers resident or part-year resident or you have Yonkers income.

New York State nonresidents – Form IT-203, Nonresident and Part-Year Resident Income Tax Return

Instructions for Form IT-203

If

  • You’re a nonresident with New York source income and your New York adjusted gross income federal amount column (Form IT-203, line 31) exceeds your New York standard deduction.
  • You want to claim a refund of any New York State, New York City, or Yonkers income taxes withheld from your pay.
  • You want to claim any of the refundable or carryover credits available.
  • You’re subject to the New York State minimum income tax on tax preference items derived from or connected with New York sources.
  • You had a net operating loss for New York State personal income tax purposes for the tax year, without having a similar net operating loss for federal income tax purposes.

You may have additional filing responsibilities if you have Yonkers income.

New York State part-year residents – Form IT-203, Nonresident and Part-Year Resident Income Tax Return

Instructions for Form IT-203

If

  • You’re a part-year resident with any income during your resident period or you had New York source income during your nonresident period.
  • You want to claim a refund of any New York State, New York City, or Yonkers income taxes withheld from your pay.
  • You want to claim any of the refundable or carryover credits available.
  • You’re subject to the New York State minimum income tax on tax preference items derived from or connected with New York sources.
  • You’re a part-year resident and you are subject to a separate tax on any lump-sum distributions  for your resident period derived from or connected with New York sources.
  • You had a net operating loss for New York State personal income tax purposes for the tax year, without having a similar net operating loss for federal income tax purposes.

You may have additional filing responsibilities if you’re a New York City or Yonkers part-year resident or you have Yonkers income.

 

General changes for 2012

• New York State tax rates reduced

Certain rates within the New York State tax rate schedules
have been reduced, and the tax computation worksheets for
taxpayers with New York adjusted gross income of more than
$100,000 are now based on filing status.

• Forms IT-2, IT-1099-R, and IT-1099-UI eliminated

Taxpayers no longer file New York Forms IT-2, Summary
of W-2 Statements, IT-1099-R, Summary of Federal
Form 1099-R Statements, and IT-1099-UI, Summary of
Unemployment Compensation Payments. Instead, they must
include the state copy of certain federal forms with their New
York State returns.

• Whole dollar amounts required on income tax forms
For tax years 2012 and after, taxpayers may enter only whole
dollar amounts on income tax forms.

• Foreign account information required on Form IT-201
Taxpayers must now acknowledge if they have a financial
account located in a foreign country.

• Dependent exemption information must be entered on
Form IT-201
Taxpayers must now enter information for each dependent for
whom they claimed a dependent exemption on Form IT-201.

• Itemized deduction schedule now a separate form
The itemized deduction schedule has been moved from
Form IT-201 to new Form IT-201-D, Resident Itemized
Deduction Schedule. See the instructions for Form IT-201-D

• Penalty and interest line added to Form IT-201
Taxpayers may now enter and pay any penalty and interest
they owe directly on Form IT-201.

• Additional account information required on Form IT-201
For direct deposit or electronic funds withdrawal, taxpayers
must now designate whether the checking or savings account
is a personal or business account and enter the amount of the
electronic funds withdrawal (if applicable).

• STAR eligibility suspended for certain taxpayers with
past-due state tax liabilities
This program provides that taxpayers whose total past-due
state and local tax liabilities are $4,500 or more, and who own
real property, may have their STAR exemptions suspended.

• Metropolitan commuter transportation mobility tax
(MCTMT) threshold increased
The threshold for imposing the MCTMT on individuals with net
earnings from self-employment has increased from $10,000 to
$50,000 for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2012.
See Form MTA-6, Metropolitan Commuter Transportation
Mobility Tax Return, and its instructions.

New credits

• Beer production credit
A new credit is available to registered beer distributors that
produce 60,000,000 or fewer gallons of beer in New York
State in the tax year. See Form IT-636, Beer Production
Credit, and its instructions.

• Empire State Jobs Retention Program
This program provides tax incentives to businesses that are
at risk of leaving the state due to the impact on business
operations of an event (such as a natural disaster) leading to
an emergency declaration by the governor. See Form IT-634,
Empire State Jobs Retention Program Credit, and its
instructions.

• New York Youth Works Tax Credit Program
This program provides tax incentives to qualified businesses
employing at-risk youths in full-time and part-time positions in
2012 and 2013. See Form IT-635, New York Youth Works Tax
Credit, and its instructions.

Changes to existing credits
• Empire State commercial production credit
This credit has been extended through tax years beginning
before January 1, 2015. See Form IT-246, Claim for Empire
State Commercial Production Credit, and its instructions.

• Empire State film post-production credit
Visit the Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television
Development Web site at www.nylovesfilm.com for information
concerning the amendments made to this credit.

• Biofuel production credit
This credit has been extended through tax years beginning
before January 1, 2020. See Form IT-243, Claim for Biofuel
Production Credit, and its instructions.

• Noncustodial parent earned income credit
This credit has been extended through tax years beginning
before January 1, 2015. See Form IT-209, Claim for
Noncustodial Parent New York State Earned Income Credit,
and its instructions.

• Clean heating fuel credit
This credit has been extended through tax years beginning
before January 1, 2017. See Form IT-241, Claim for Clean
Heating Fuel Credit, and its instructions.

• Solar energy system equipment credit
This credit has been expanded to include leased property.
See Form IT-255, Claim for Solar Energy System Equipment
Credit, and its instructions.

• Brownfield credits
The eligibility timeframe for the brownfield tax credits has
been extended from March 31, 2015, to December 31, 2015.
See Forms IT-611, Claim for Brownfield Redevelopment Tax
Credit, IT-612, Claim for Remediated Brownfield Credit for
Real Property Taxes, and IT-613, Claim for Environmental
Remediation Insurance Credit, and their instructions.

 

New York State 2011 Individual Tax Return Forms

IT-201 Resident Income Tax Return

You must file Form IT-201 if you were a New York State resident for the entire year. You must also complete Form IT-201-ATT, Other Tax Credits and Taxes, and attach it to your IT-201 if you are:

  • subject to other New York State or New York City taxes
  • claiming any credits other than those claimed directly on Form IT-201. (e.g., long-term care insurance credit, New York City resident UBT credit, and farmer’s school credit)

Form and Instructions:

IT-201 Resident Income Tax Return

IT-201-I Instructions

 

IT-203 Nonresident and Part-Year Resident Income Tax Return

You must file Form IT-203 if you:

  • were not a resident of New York State and received income during the tax year from New York State sources, or
  • moved into or out of New York State during the tax year.

You are subject to New York State income tax on:

  • income you received from New York sources while you were a nonresident
  • all income you received while you were a New York State resident.

Form and Instructions:

IT-203 Nonresident and Part-Year Resident Income Tax Return form

IT-203-I Instructions

More New York State Individual Tax return forms

 

2011 Income tax news

General changes for 2011

Same-sex married couples – tax return filing obligations
The Marriage Equality Act, which took effect on July 24, 2011, provides that all marriages, whether of same-sex couples or different-sex couples, will be treated equally under the laws of New York. For tax years 2011 and after, same-sex married couples who are married as of the last day of the tax year must file New York personal income tax returns using a married filing status, even though their marital status is not recognized for federal income tax purposes. For additional information, see Personal income tax information for same-sex married couples.

Three ways to get your refund
We’re offering three refund choices: direct deposit, debit cards (new), and paper checks.

Form IT-150 (short form) discontinued
Form IT-150, Resident Income Tax Return (short form), has been discontinued. All full-year New York State residents must now use Form IT-201 to file and pay their taxes.

Date of birth required on income tax return
Taxpayers must now enter their date of birth (and their spouse’s date of birth, if applicable) on their primary returns.

Yonkers resident income tax surcharge increased
For tax years beginning on and after 2011, the rate of the Yonkers resident income tax surcharge has been increased from 10% to 15% of the net state tax.

E-file requirement for individual taxpayers
Individual taxpayers who prepare their personal income tax returns using tax software are generally required to file electronically. A taxpayer who is required to e-file and fails to do so will be subject to a penalty and will not be eligible to receive interest on any overpayment until the return is filed electronically. For additional information, see E-file mandate for individuals.

Federal extension forms no longer accepted
For tax years beginning on and after 2011, a copy of federal Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, or Form 7004, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File Certain Business Income Tax, Information, and Other Returns, will no longer be accepted in place of New York Form IT-370, Application for Automatic Six-Month Extension of Time to File for Individuals, or Form IT-370-PF, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File for Partnerships and Fiduciaries. For additional information, see Important Notice, N-11-16.

E-file mandate for tax return preparers revised
The threshold for determining if tax return preparers are required to e-file their clients’ tax documents has been reduced to five original tax documents. In addition, if a tax return preparer is required to e-file a client’s tax document and fails to do so, both the preparer and the client may be subject to a penalty, and the client will not be eligible to receive interest on any overpayment until the tax document is filed electronically. For additional information, see E-file mandate for tax preparers.

Online Account Summary
As part of our expansion into electronic communication, the Tax Department is offering new online services. Our Online Account Summary allows you to:

  • receive e-mail alerts and reminders about your tax account, including notification of your refund
  • view a comprehensive, customized summary of your account
  • respond to department notices
  • update account information

For additional information, see Online Services for Individuals.

Tax shelter reporting requirements extended
The expiration date of the reporting requirements and related administrative provisions concerning the disclosure of certain federal and New York State reportable transactions and related information regarding tax shelters has been extended to July 1, 2015. For additional information, see TSB-M-11(5)C, (5)I, Extension of Tax Shelter Disclosure and Penalty Provisions.

Lottery prizes may be applied against tax liabilities
A lottery prize winning of more than $600 may now be applied against the winner’s outstanding New York tax liabilities.

New credit

Economic transformation and facility redevelopment program
This new program provides tax incentives to businesses to stimulate redevelopment in targeted communities where certain correctional or juvenile facilities are closed. For additional information, see TSB-M-11(6)I, Summary of Budget Bill Personal Income Tax Changes Enacted in 2011, and Form IT-633, Economic Transformation and Facility Redevelopment Program Tax Credit, and its instructions.

Changes to existing credits

Credits for taxicab and livery service vehicles accessible to persons with disabilities
The credit for taxicab and livery service vehicles accessible to persons with disabilities expired for costs incurred after December 31, 2010. However, any unused credit from a prior year can be carried over until used. For additional information, see Form IT-239, Claim for Credit for Taxicabs and Livery Service Vehicles Accessible to Persons with Disabilities.

Alternative fuels credit
The credit for investing in new alternative-fuel vehicle refueling property expired for tax years beginning on and after January 1, 2011. However, any unused credit from a prior year can be carried over until used. For additional information, see Form IT-253, Claim for Alternative Fuels Credit.

Investment tax credits for the financial services industry
The investment tax credit (ITC) for the financial services industry has been extended to include property placed in service before October 1, 2015. The empire zone (EZ) ITC for the financial services industry has been extended to include property placed in service before April 1, 2014 (when the EZs are deemed to expire). However, a financial services business that places property in service between April 1, 2014, and October 1, 2015, may still claim the regular ITC for the financial services industry on that property. For additional information, see Forms IT-252, Investment Tax Credit for the Financial Services Industry, and IT-605, Claim for EZ Investment Tax Credit and EZ Employment Incentive Credit for the Financial Services Industry, and their instructions.

Excelsior Jobs Program Act
The benefit period of the Excelsior Jobs Program has been extended from five years to ten. Several other administrative changes were made to the program and to how the credit is computed. For additional information, see TSB-M-11(6)I, Summary of Budget Bill Personal Income Tax Changes Enacted in 2011, and Form IT-607, Claim for Excelsior Jobs Program Tax Credit, and its instructions.

New modification

Subtraction modification for QEZE credit for real property taxes
A new subtraction modification is available for any amount of QEZE credit for real property taxes included in federal adjusted gross income. For additional information, see TSB-M-10(9)(C), (15)I, New York State Tax Treatment of Refunds of the Qualified Empire Zone Enterprise (QEZE) Credit for Real Property Taxes.

Source: tax.ny.gov