Our change to using RITA for tax services has resulted in one big difference which many have asked about: You are now able to file your city tax return online, including returns for prior years. However, you must do this at the RITA website. RITA's online filing program is open for use now. Please note: When creating your online account, you need to complete your registration by clicking on the link in an email confirmation you will receive from RITA before you are able to file your tax return.
RITA now has a "FastFile" option. This application allows individual taxpayers to file basic returns (no schedule income) as a guest - you do not need to create an account. Fast File offers an intuitive and quick process for filing. The tax return and payment will be submitted to RITA electronically, thereby eliminating printing, mailing, data entry and imaging requirements. However, you must know your credits and estimates paid before you begin to file. You can get that information by calling the RITA help desk at 1.800.860.7482 - this is an automated service available 24 hours a day. When using FastFile, the information you enter is not saved, so you must complete your e-filing in one session, or you will lose all data you have entered.
RITA is not able to accept tax returns from most consumer tax preparation programs (Turbo Tax, H&R Block, etc.) At this time, most of these programs do not interface with the RITA network. However, your tax professional may use their tax preparation program to e-file your city tax return, depending on which program they use. If your return is e-filed, whether by a tax professional or you submit it yourself at the RITA website, you do not need to also file a paper copy or provide any documentation, unless you are contacted by RITA asking to do so.