Financial Empowerment Resources for New Yorkers
Message from Comptroller DiNapoli
“While we continue to emerge from financial hardships caused by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, New Yorkers are returning to a sense of normalcy. However, inflation, the emergence of new variants and supply chain issues have proved challenging to everyone. This office is dedicated to helping New York residents, government entities, nonprofits, and businesses as they rebuild financially during the post pandemic era. This page offers resources and links to give you easy access to assistance and trusted information. Please check this page regularly for updates.”
- Personal Finance Information/Education
It’s always important to take control of your own personal finances and to teach children about sound financial practices. Here are several resources that provide a wide range of personal finance information that could help you now and in the future:
- Financial Counseling and Credit Protection (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)
- Saving and Investment Options (USA.gov) | 1-844-872-4681
- Money Smart for Young People (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) | 1-800-877-8339
Financial Literacy is a skill with lifelong benefits. Kids as young as preschool age can learn how to handle money, budget, and save. The FDIC offers age-appropriate lessons for all ages. Take the time to teach your kids about the value of money and how they can manage it wisely. For more information, please visit: FDIC: Money Smart for Young People
- Avoiding Scams
It’s important to be on alert for those who may be attempting to defraud you or your family. To report an instance of fraud, please visit the following sites:
- Report Unemployment Insurance Fraud (NYS Department of Labor) – If you have been the victim of suspected unemployment fraud, the NYS Department of Labor has set up an online reporting tool to open an investigation.
- Report Identity Theft and Get a Recovery Plan (Federal Trade Commission) – If you believe you’ve been the victim of unemployment fraud or any other identity theft, please visit this website for assistance.
- Report Government Fraud (Office of the New York State Comptroller) | 1-888-672-4555 – You can report allegations of fraud involving taxpayer money on our website.
- Assistance for Seniors, People with Disabilities, Veterans & Active Military
- Military OneSource is dedicated to providing timely resources, information and answers to address the health and financial impact of COVID-19 on the military community. For more information, please visit: Military OneSource (U.S. Department of Defense) or call 1-800-342-9647.
- The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, enacted in 2003, was designed to ease financial burdens on servicemembers during periods of military service. For more information, please visit: Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (U.S. Department of Defense)
- The Department of Defense has launched an initiative to assist military spouses with financial readiness. For more information, please visit: MilSpouse Money Mission (U.S. Department of Defense)
For help, please check with Federal and State resources:
- Federal: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | 1-844-698-2311
- State: NYS Division of Veterans' Services | 1-888-838-7697
- New York City: NYC Veterans Alliance
- To check your eligibility for government services for Seniors, please visit: Benefits Eligibility Checker | BenefitsCheckUp
- Meals on Wheels America – For seniors who need food assistance.
- For help, seniors can contact the NYS Office for the Aging by visiting: NYS Office of the Aging or calling 1-844-697-6321
People with Disabilities
To find resources for those with disabilities, please visit:
- The Arc – Resources for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities or call 1-866-946-9733 or (TTY 1-866-933-4889)
- Social Security (Social Security Administration) or call 1-800-772-1213 or (TTY 1-800-325-0778)
The websites below also have helpful information and resources available:
Income Tax Credits and Refunds
To check on the status of your income tax refunds, visit:
- New York State refund (NYS Department of Taxation and Finance)
- Federal refund (Internal Revenue Service)
- Get Free Financial Counseling (NYC Consumer Affairs) – NYC Financial Empowerment Centers provide free one-on-one professional, financial counseling and coaching for NYC residents.
- New York State has over $18 billion in unclaimed funds. See if you are owed money – Unclaimed Funds (Office of the New York State Comptroller)
Please note that the references to the above information and websites do not constitute or imply an endorsement or recommendation of the Office of the State Comptroller and are provided for informational purposes only.