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California Tax Rates, Brackets, and Standard Deductions

You can prepare and e-File your 2021 California Income Taxes here on eFile.com along with your Federal Income Tax Return. Important: Unlike most other state tax returns, you can just prepare and eFile the California state tax return without also e-Filing the IRS tax return.

Information on how to only file State Income Return(s) for other States.

California income tax forms, tax brackets and rates are listed here by tax year. Still need to prepare and file a CA return for a previous Tax Year? Find the California tax forms below. You can complete and sign the forms here on eFile.com before you mail them to the CA Tax Agency. For IRS or Federal back taxes, access the tax forms here.

Below find links to other important California income tax return information and other related features (e.g. tax extension, amendment, etc.)

California Income Tax Returns

Use this table below to find or navigate for California Income Tax related information and instructions.

California Income Taxes
California is the only state that allows you to prepare and eFile a CA State Return without also e-Filing an IRS return. Simply create an eFile.com account and complete the process
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Income Tax Brackets, Rates, Income Ranges, and Estimated Taxes Due

Here you can find how your California based income is taxed at different rates within the given tax brackets. Detailed and sample CA Tax Rate Calculation Instructions. When you prepare your return on eFile.com this is all calculated for you based on your income.

California Tax Brackets for Tax Year 2021

2021 Tax Brackets and Income ranges will be listed here as they become available.

California Tax Brackets for Tax Year 2020

Click here for a detailed Filing Status and Tax Bracket Calculation Overview.

Tax Rate
Filing Status
Income Range
Taxes Due
1%
Single or MFS
$0 - $8,932
1% of Income
HOH
$0 - $17,864
1% of Income
MFJ
$0 - $17,864
1% of Income
2%
Single or MFS
$8,933 - $21,175
$89.32 + 2%
HOH
$17,865 - $42,353
$178.64 + 2%
MFJ
$17,865 - $42,350
$178.64 + 2%
4%
Single or MFS
$21,176 - $33,421
$334.18 + 4%
HOH
$42,354 - $54,597
$668.36 + 4%
MFJ
$42,351 - $66,842
$668.36 + 4%
6%
Single or MFS
$33,422 - $46,394
$824.02 + 6%
HOH
$54,598 - $67,569
$1,158.06 + 6%
MFJ
$66,843 - $92,788
$1,648.04 + 6%
8%
Single or MFS
$46,395 - $58,634
1,602.40 + 8%
HOH
$67,570 - $79,812
$1,936.38 + 8%
MFJ
$92,789 - $117,268
$3,204.80 + 8%
9.3%
Single or MFS
$58,635 - $299,508
$2,581.60 + 9.3%
HOH
$79,813 - $407,329
$2,915.82 + 9.3%
MFJ
$117,269 - $599,016
$5,163.20 + 9.3%
10.3%
Single or MFS
$299,509 - $359,407
$24,982.88 + 10.3%
HOH
$407,330 - $488,796
$33,374.90 + 10.3%
MFJ
$599,017 - $718,814
$49,965.76 + 10.3%
11.3%
Single or MFS
$359,407 - $599,012
$31,152.48 + 11.3%
HOH
$488,797 - $814,658
$41,766 + 11.3%
MFJ
$718,815 - $1,198,024
$62,304.95 + 11.3%
12.3%
Single or MFS
$599,013 - or more
$58,227.85 + 12.3% over $599,012
HOH
$814,659 - or more
$78,588.41 plus 12.3% over $814,658
MFJ
$1,198,025 - or more
$116,455.68 + 12.3% over $1,198,024
Income Tax Rate Help and Details: Filing Status and Tax Bracket Calculation Overview.

2021 California Standard Deductions

The California standard deductions did not increase for Tax Year 2021, thus use these 2020 values. When you prepare and eFile your Tax Return the eFile Tax App will apply the correct standard deductions for you.

Tax Year
Status
Amount
2021
Single
$4,601
Married Separate
$4,601
Married Jointly
$9,201
HOH/Qualifying Widower
$9,201
2020
Single
$4,601
Married Separate
$4,601
Married Jointly
$9,201
HOH/Qualifying Widower
$9,201

California Income Tax Forms

California State Income Tax Forms for Tax Year 2021 (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2021) can be e-Filed in conjunction with a IRS Income Tax Return. Details on how to only prepare and print a California 2021 Tax Return.

Below are forms for prior Tax Years starting with 2020. These back taxes forms can not longer be e-Filed. You can complete the forms with the help of eFile.com free tax calculators. Complete the respective Form(s) below, sign, and mail them to the California Franchise Tax Board. In addition to filing California Forms you might also have to file previous IRS Tax Return Forms.

Form
Tax Year
Status

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