Here’s how to file your taxes for free in NYC

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NEW YORK (PIX11)-- Like most people, Cynthia McCray gets nervous when it's tax time.

"Very anxious," McCray said. "I'm thinking 'oh my god' am I going to get my money back? How much am I going to get back."

Not wanting to make a mistake, she usually forks over hundreds of dollars, paying someone else to do it for her.

McCray said she has been paying someone nearly a decade to file her tax returns. And estimates it has been thousands of dollars in doing so.

But not this year.

McCray had someone do her taxes for her for free after choosing to get them done with Ariva.

Ariva, a nonprofit that focuses on teaching financial education, is one of the nearly 200 sites the City of New York operates for New Yorkers who make $60,000 a year or less.

It's a move that could save 250,000 New Yorkers thousands of dollars.

"One in five New Yorkers who are eligible for earned income tax credit aren't taking it," NYC Consumer Affairs Commissioner Julie Menin said.

Single filers could get back $2,500 and a family could get back up to $10,000.

But beware, tax centers that promise money on the spot, cash back or instant refunds. At worst it can be scam, cheating you out of your hard-earned cash.

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