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California Income Taxes and State Tax Forms

California State Taxes for Tax Year 2019  (January 1 - Dec. 31, 2019) can be prepared and e-Filed now together with an IRS or Federal Income Tax Return (or learn how to only prepare and eFile a CA state return). The deadline for e-filing California Income Tax Returns is October 15, 2020.

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"The Golden State"

At this point, 2019 California State Income Tax Return forms for Tax Year 2019 (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2019) can be e-Filed with your IRS Income Tax Return until October 15, 2020. Oct. 15 is not only the filing deadline for California, but also the electronic filing deadline. If you owe CA or IRS Income Taxes and you filed an extension, don't miss this deadline in order to avoid late filing penalties. If you have not filed any of your 2019 Tax Returns, you can e-File them until Oct. 15, 2020.

Tip: File on time, even if you can't pay on time, since the late filing penalties are higher than the late payment penalties.

eFile.com makes it easy for you to prepare and e-file your IRS and California State Tax Return (e.g resident, nonresident, or part-year resident returns). Be aware that the IRS and the respective State Tax Agencies require you to e-file a Federal Income Tax Return at the same time you e-file a State Tax Return. This is an IRS and State Tax Agency policy, not an eFile.com policy. Thus, you technically cannot e-File anywhere - not just eFile.com - a California Tax Return without also e-filing the associated IRS Tax Return. But read on for the good news. 

California will accept your state return even if you e-file it with your Federal Return and the Federal Return is rejected by the IRS. Therefore, you can e-file both your Federal and CA returns on eFile.com and be assured that your state return will be accepted. You can also find detailed instructions on how you can only prepare and mail in - not eFile - a California 2019 Tax Return - here via eFile.com. However, you must complete and sign the forms online on eFile.com before you download/print and mail the forms to the California Tax Agency. You can find California mailing addresses here.

Function
Description
Prepare only a CA State Return without an IRS return. Details
Step by step instructions on how to only Prepare and Download - not e-File- a CA State Return (or e-file a CA return with your Federal return so only the CA return is accepted) on eFile.com.
Where Is Your California Tax Refund Money
Step 1: Sign into your eFile.com account and check acceptance by the Tax Agency.
Step 2: Check your California Tax Refund Status.
Where is Your IRS Refund?
Step 1: Sign into your eFile.com account and check acceptance by the IRS.
Step 2: Check your IRS Tax Refund Status.
California Income Tax Extension
How to correct a rejected Tax Return
If your CA Tax Return was rejected by the CA Tax Agency - not eFile.com - instructions on how to correct a rejected California Tax Return.
How to Pay Income Taxes
California, IRS Late Filing, Tax Payment Penalties
1. Late Filing Penalty: Applies if no tax return is eFiled after the six month extension period: 5% per month from July 15 until the return is filed or the maximum penalty of 25% has accrued.
2. Late Payment Penalty: Applies if you filed your return by Oct. 15, but did not pay all of your taxes due by July 15: 5% per month and 0.5% of the unpaid tax for each month or part of the month it’s unpaid, not to exceed 40 months (monthly).
Contact the California Franchise Tax Board to apply for a Reasonable Cause - Claim for Refund so they may waive the penalty. If you have explored all your payment options (i.e. installment payment plan), filed all your required tax returns, and agreed with the tax amount you owe, you can request and file an Offer in Compromise
3. IRS Penalties: Calculate and Estimate your potential IRS Income Tax Return Penalties.
CA Tax Return Mailing Addresses
Find various California Mailing Addresses for tax returns, tax amendments, and tax payments.
California Income Tax Brackets 
California Income Tax Forms
California Unemployment Benefits
You do not need to pay state taxes on California unemployment income. It is only taxed at the federal level.

 

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2020 California Income Tax Filing Deadlines by Tax Year

The majority of deadlines listed here are for Tax Year 2019. Some apply to upcoming Tax Years and some are IRS or Federal deadlines.

Deadline
Type
Description
July 15, 2020 (this deadline has passed)
Tax Year 2019
Income Tax Return
This was the original deadline to prepare and e-File a 2019 California State Income Tax Return. The last day to prepare and e-File your 2019 IRS and CA Returns is Oct. 15, 2020. - eFileIT*
July 15, 2020 (this deadline has passed, but CA already grants automatic extensions)
2019 Income Tax Extension
October 15, 2020
Tax Year 2019
Income Tax Return after the automatic July 15, 2020 California Tax Extension
Last day to e-File a 2019 California State Income Tax Return for Tax Extension Filers and late eFilers. You can only e-File (to file by paper see below) a California Income Tax Return together with an IRS Tax Return. eFileIT*
October 15, 2020 via mail-in Forms.
Forms incl. Mailing Address are listed below.
Tax Year 2019
Income Tax Return after the automatic July 15, 2020 California Tax Extension
Deadline for taxpayers who got an automatic CA Tax Extension to file their California Income Tax Return by mail-in Forms - the Forms incl. mailing addresses are listed below - is October 15, 2020. (Optionally, the eFileIT* deadline is Oct. 15, 2020). Instructions on how to only - without the IRS return - complete and file a California State Income Tax Return on eFile.com.
Tax Amendment for all Tax Years
IRS Due Dates
IRS Tax Return, Extension, Amendment Deadlines
Other State Tax Return, Extension, Amendment Deadlines
Select respective State Tax Return Deadlines.
2020, 2021, etc.
IRS Federal Income Tax Return, Amendment, Extension Deadlines
April 15, 2023
2019 California Income Tax Return Refund.
IRS Tax Return Refund Claim Deadline
The last day to file - you will not face late filing penalties - and claim your 2019 California Income Tax Return Refund. This deadline does not apply if you owe 2019 Income Taxes.

E-File These 2019 California State Tax Forms

Prepare and e-file these state forms for 2019 along with your Federal and State Income Tax Return on eFile.com. As you proceed through the tax interview on eFile.com, the e-File application will select the correct state forms for you. You can also select tax forms individually. All these forms will then be e-filed by you to the state tax agency. Here are instructions on how to only prepare a state income tax return.

Form/Schedule
Description
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Form 540
California Resident Income Tax Return
Form 540NR
California Nonresident Income Tax Return
Form 592-B
Resident and Nonresident Withholding Tax Statement
Form 593
Real Estate Withholding Tax Statement
Form 3506
Child and Dependent Care Expenses Credit
Form 3800
Tax Computation for Children with Investment Income 
Schedule CA
Income Adjustments
Schedule P 
Alternative Minimum Tax 
Schedule S
Other State Tax Credit
Worksheet
Sales and Use Tax Worksheet
Determines your paycheck CA Tax Withholding amount per employer.
Step 1: Complete and submit to your employer(s).
Step 2: Estimate, Calculate your IRS Tax Withholding now.
Not filed with the State. Submit to Employer only.
Form FTB-3582
Extension Payment Voucher Form. (July 15, 2020 deadline has passed, so you can no longer mail this form with a payment. However, you can make Tax Payments online and not have to mail in this form.)
Cannot be e-Filed. Mail-in Only. 

* Due to IRS and State Tax Agency tax data sharing and validation requirements, you can only e-file a State Income Tax Return while also e-filing a Federal Income Tax Return. This is not an eFile.com created policy, but all online tax web sites have to adhere to this IRS/state issued tax data sharing policy. You can however prepare all 44 State Income Tax Returns on eFile.com if you have already e-Filed or filed your IRS return, but you need to print your State Return from your eFile.com account, sign it, and mail it to the State Tax Agency. Instructions on how you can ONLY prepare and file State Income Tax Return(s). Only on eFile.com can you prepare, file or e-file unlimited State Tax Returns for one low price and not pay for each State return like you would do on H&R Block® vs. TurboTax®. Dare to Compare Now.

Automatic California Tax Extension

For Tax Year 2019, the deadline to file an IRS extension has passed and you can no longer e-File a Federal Tax Extension. If you expect a refund or you don't owe taxes, you won't face any late filing penalties. However, California grants all taxpayers an automatic 6-month extension to file California returns (so you don't need to file a state extension form). The extended tax return due date is October 15, 2020 (for e-filed and mailed returns). Be aware that a Federal or CA State Tax Extension doesn't extend the deadline to pay the taxes you owe without any penalties. 

The deadline to e-file an IRS extension for 2020 Tax Returns is April 15, 2021. e-File a 2020 Tax Extension for free on eFile.com. Here are instructions on whether you should consider a Tax Extension or not.

If you owe California and/or IRS income taxes and don't pay them by Tax Day, you will be charged California and IRS late tax payment penalties. Calculate and estimate IRS late payment penalties.

If you expect to owe taxes, and you are going to take advantage of the California automatic extension of time to file, you should have paid what you owe and submitted Form FTB-3582 with your payment on or before July 15, 2020. Since this deadline has passed, you can no longer mail this form with a payment. However, you can make Tax Payments online and not have to mail in this form.

The extended IRS/California eFile deadline is Oct. 15, 2020 - eFileIT* now. If you plan to file or mail-in a California tax return on paper - find CA, California Forms and CA Mailing Addresses - your due date is Oct. 15, 2020. After Oct. 15, 2020, you can complete and sign 2019 California Tax Forms online here on eFile, before you download, print, and mail them to the state tax agency. The address is on the form.

California State Tax Payment Options
You can select one of these payment options either after you have e-filed or filed your 2019 California Tax Return. Alternatively, you can pay California income tax here prior to filing (e.g with an extension). Plus, you can make online California tax estimated payments for next tax year. If you eFiled your taxes and pay online, you don't have to mail any CA forms (e.g. tax return, extension, or tax estimated form). 
Create an account with California Web Pay to submit your payment directly to the state tax agency now. If you already have an account, log into your account to view the status of your payment, cancel a payment, or schedule a future payment. 
Check the status of your direct payment
This is a free option if you want to pay your taxes owed via your bank account.
Submit a tax payment via the Official Payments site. When you're on the site, select either the "Personal Income Tax Return - Filing Individually" or the "Personal Income Tax Return - Filing Jointly" option, then follow the on-screen prompts to enter and submit your payment and personal information (e.g. Payment Amount, Credit/Debit type, SSN, Tax Year, Form Type, etc).
Use this payment option if you want to pay your tax payment via your credit card. There is an additional 2.3% service fee for paying with your card.
Apply for an installment agreement with the CA state tax agency (check the "I agree to all the Terms and Conditions listed above" box and click the gray "Apply Now" box).
Use this payment option if you cannot pay your tax bill and want to get on a payment plan. There is a $34 fee to set up a payment plan, which is added to to your taxes owed balance. Visit the CA state tax agency site for California payment plan qualifications
You can either submit your payment via mail or pay in person at a CA tax agency field office. On your payment, write your FTB ID, SSN, or ITIN, as well as the Tax Year for the payment. With your payment, include a copy of your bill or notice. Mail the payment to the CA mailing address with payment below 
Use this payment option if you prefer to submit your payment via check, money order, or casher's check in the mail or in person. 
Estimated Tax Payment Options
Choose one of these options: 1) Create an account with California Web Pay to submit your estimated payment (or if you already have an account, sign into your account). You can schedule all four of your quarterly payments in advance, enter and save your bank information, view your account history, and receive confirmation that the state tax agency accepted your payment. 2) Submit your estimated tax payment via the Official Payments site. When you're on the site, select either the "Individual Estimated Tax - Filing Individually" or the "Individual Estimated Tax - Filing Jointly" option. 3) Complete estimated payment voucher Form 540-ES. Include your check or money order with the voucher payable to "Franchise Tax Board". Write your SSN or ITIN, as well as the TY and "Form 540-ES" (e.g. “2020 Form 540-ES”) on the payment. Mail the voucher and check/money order to the Form 540-ES mailing address here. 
Use one of these payment options if you want to submit estimated taxes rather than submit all your taxes owed at once. 
You can use many of these online federal tax payment options before or after you e-File your Income Taxes. In addition, you can pay tax extension and tax estimated payments. For estimated payments, you do not have to submit a form. Extension you can eFile on eFile.com for free.
These payment options are independent from preparing and eFiling your tax return on eFile.com. eFile.com offers these payment options for the convenience for all tax payers.

 

California Tax Return, Amendment, etc. Mailing Addresses
Addresses to mail California Income Tax Returns, Amendments, Extensions, or Tax Payments.
CA Tax Return or Amended Tax Return: Address if you expect a Tax Refund or Don't Owe Taxes on your Tax Return
Franchise Tax Board
PO Box 942840
Sacramento, CA 94240-0001
CA Tax Return, Extension, or Amended Return: Address if you owe Taxes and include payment. Tip: Make Tax Payments online and you will not have to mail any payments. See above.
Franchise Tax Board
PO Box 942867
Sacramento, CA 94267-0001
CA Tax Estimated Payments: include Tax Year 2020 Form 540-ES
Franchise Tax Board
PO Box 942867
Sacramento CA 94267-0008

 

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