FTB: Taxpayers Face Deadline to Claim 2010 State Refunds

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For Immediate Release

03.16.2015

Sacramento — An estimated 1.2 million taxpayers who did not file a state tax return for 2010 face an April 15 deadline for claiming refunds, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced today. Statewide, unclaimed refunds total more than $160 million.

“This money belongs to taxpayers, and FTB wants to do everything possible to make sure they get it,” State Controller and FTB Chair Betty T. Yee said.

Taxpayers may have missed out on claiming refunds because they made too little to require filing a tax return, even though they had taxes withheld from wages or made estimated tax payments. A return must be filed to qualify for a refund.

State tax law provides most taxpayers a four-year window to make a claim. For 2010 returns, that window generally closes on April 15, 2015. Unclaimed refunds revert to the state.

Refunds for 2010 may be delayed for taxpayers who did not file returns for the three ensuing years while FTB determines if taxes are owed for those years. Also, refunds may be used to pay debts to FTB or other state agencies, or for unpaid child support.

Current and prior-year tax forms are available at ftb.ca.gov. Click on the forms and instructions link. Taxpayers who only need to report W-2 wages and withholding can access the 540 2EZ form, fill it out online in minutes, and mail it to FTB.

Taxpayers missing tax documents for past years, such as Forms W-2, 1098, and 1099, should request copies from employers, banks, or other payers. Visit FTB online at MyFTB Account to change a mailing address and view account information, such as California wages and withholding for up to four years. Taxpayers can also call FTB at 800.852.5711.

Last year, California taxpayers filed more than 16 million returns and claimed nearly $11 billion in refunds.

Editor’s Note: See attached chart for county statistics.

Individuals Who Did Not File a 2010 Return with a Potential Refund

County Name Sum of Payments Count of Individuals Average
ALAMEDA $7,423,932 45,254 $164
ALPINE $1,727 22 $79
AMADOR $70,523 635 $111
BUTTE $545,926 6,045 $90
CALAVERAS $79,524 682 $117
COLUSA $43,733 405 $108
CONTRA COSTA $4,601,587 27,670 $166
DEL NORTE $63,233 720 $88
EL DORADO $552,409 4,384 $126
FRESNO $2,488,236 27,230 $91
GLENN $65,237 686 $95
HUMBOLT $351,813 4,095 $86
IMPERIAL $427,104 6,339 $67
INYO $55,179 478 $115
KERN $2,116,236 21,901 $97
KINGS $293,332 3,438 $85
LAKE $145,241 1,704 $85
LASSEN $51,498 512 $101
LOS ANGELES $39,813,130 287,956 $138
MADERA $347,219 3,721 $93
MARIN $1,295,473 5,724 $226
MARIPOSA $39,832 407 $98
MENDOCINO $237,532 2,238 $106
MERCED $575,372 6,728 $86
>MODOC $12,091 159 $76
MONO $29,463 296 $100
MONTEREY $1,329,678 11,268 $118
NAPA $580,174 4,158 $140
NEVADA $333,500 2,325 $143
ORANGE $11,646,666 79,398 $147
PLACER $1,024,181 7,373 $139
PLUMAS $49,046 403 $122
RIVERSIDE $5,959,179 58,239 $102
SACRAMENTO $4,919,947 43,029 $114
SAN BENITO $176,399 1,691 $104
SAN BERNARDINO $5,293,027 54,549 $97
SAN DIEGO $11,263,225 91,156 $124
SAN FRANCISCO $5,764,675 25,454 $226
SAN JOAQUIN $2,281,547 20,347 $112
SAN LUIS OBISPO $772,162 7,057 $109
SAN MATEO $3,667,281 18,181 $202
SANTA BARBARA $1,409,803 12,221 $115
SANTA CLARA $9,123,212 46,475 $196
SANTA CRUZ $956,792 7,780 $123
SHASTA $463,546 5,004 $93
SIERRA $4,014 42 $96
SISKIYOU $133,227 1,058 $126
SOLANO $1,748,227 12,987 $135
SONOMA $1,919,346 14,770 $130
STANISLAUS $1,442,369 15,248 $95
SUTTER $227,413 2,381 $96
TEHAMA $140,704 1,606 $88
TRINITY $17,718 136 $130
TULARE $904,778 11,486 $79
TUOLUMNE $110,512 1,084 $102
VENTURA $3,000,656 23,400 $128
YOLO $671,782 5,215 $129
YUBA $165,199 1,834 $90
UNKNOWN $20,927,439 136,197 $154
TOTALS $160,154,006 1,182,981 $135

FTB administers two of California's major tax programs: Personal Income Tax and the Corporation Tax. FTB also administers other non tax programs and delinquent debt collection functions, including delinquent vehicle registration debt collections on behalf of the Department of Motor Vehicles, and court–ordered debt. Annually, FTB’s tax programs collect more than 70 percent of the state’s general fund. For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit taxes.ca.gov.

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