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Am I still required to file even though I have not paid state tax? - As a member of the armed forces, you generally must file your New York State return at the same time and in the same manner as any other taxpayer. File your return after January 1, but not later than April 15. If you cannot meet the due date and you need more time to file your return, you may request an automatic six-month extension of time to file.
If I haven't filed state tax in years how far do I have to go back on my returns? - You should file all tax returns that have not been filed. Having said that most people will file the past six years.
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