If you head back to Line 9 and Line 10, you’ll see the listing for IRAs and pension plans. Now, if any of these were not:
Local or New York state pensions
Federal government pensions
New York cannot tax them. Whoo! Find out which of these plans qualify, then, if you are over 59.5, figure out how much income you made off of these accounts in the year ($20,000 max!). If you turned 59.5 during the year, only count what you earned after turning 59.5.
Basically, it consist of things that are not state/local/federal pensions, which have already been taxed.
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Put simply: the state cannot charge tax on money gain from investments in federal bonds (a lot of details, but think: federal wins). You already claimed this interest on your federal taxes, so now, just pull out any of the relevant numbers. Do not take the entire totals for these lines, but the parts that are “US bond interest income.” Big mistake if you do take the whole line…