With the official tax filing season underway taxpayers are being warned about tactics some unscrupulous tax preparers will use. Governor Cuomo's office says consumers should be wary of preparers who offer “instant refunds” or “no up-front cost” for tax preparation.To avoid potential scams, the New York State Tax Department offers free electronic filing options online for taxpayers with adjusted gross household incomes of $66,000 or less in 2017. Go to tax.ny.gov and search for ‘freefile2017’