While many have been made aware of the refund delays that are expected to affect millions this year, there is another change that has not been given nearly as much attention. For those who file their own taxes in New York, whether on their own, electronically, or with a professional tax preparation expert, a new measure has been put in place to help prevent criminals from filing fraudulent returns.

Effective this year, you will need to include your driver's license number when filing your state taxes. This number is located at the uppermost section of your NY driver's license, as well as the document number, which is in very small print and located at the bottom.  For those who were very recently issued a new license, the document number can be found on the backside of your license. For those under the age of 21, you can find your license number of the top section and the corresponding document ID number towards the bottom.

And yes, the same rules apply to teenagers with a job as well as those new to the workforce for the first time. According to the IRS these new measures are being rolled out as a way to ensure that criminals looking to file false returns are deterred from doing so.

Locating ID Numbers for 2017 NY State Tax Returns

This video provides helpful visuals on locating the correct numbers, and we encourage viewing it if you're new to filing state tax returns in NY or unsure of which numbers to use.

Also, it's important to note that if you're filing electronically in NY, make sure that the software you're using is approved for New York returns. In the case of individuals who do not have a driver's license, you can use the numbers found on your State ID, regardless of which state is was issued in, as long as it is current and was provided by the DMV.  In the event that you do not have a valid license or current state ID card, there will be a box to check off indicating so, and the state will need to take alternative measures in verifying that you are who you say you are.

Get Expert Tax Preparation Service in Rochester NY

The changes are actually quite straightforward, though we understand that some confusion may result.  If you're in the Rochester or WNY area and would like expert assistance from a tax professional who thoroughly understands the system and its new changes, we invite you to call Flower City Tax in Rochester NY at 585- 663-8210.  We can answer any questions you may have, assist with filing and documents or walk you through the entire process.