Good News: Taxpayers have until April 18 to File

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Deadline Extended for State, Federal Returns

Sacramento –The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today reminded taxpayers they can take three extra days to file both their federal and state income tax returns this year. The deadline is extended to Monday, April 18, 2016, because Washington, D.C. will celebrate Emancipation Day on Friday, April 15.

Since the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is honoring this holiday, the FTB is following suit.

“The extended deadline provides a few extra days for Californians to file their taxes and take advantage of available credits such as California’s new Earned Income Tax Credit,” said State Controller Betty T. Yee, who serves as chair of the FTB.

Help is available for taxpayers unable to file by April 18. California offers taxpayers an automatic six-month extension to file their tax return until October 15, 2016. However, the additional six months are only an extension to file a tax return. If taxpayers owe taxes this year, those payments must be made by April 18 to avoid interest and penalties. Online payment options are available at and click the link for “All Payment Options.”

So far, the FTB has received about 11.5 million state returns. About six million returns have yet to be filed.

Taxpayers with general questions about state taxes may call FTB at (800) 852-5711 or contact us via LiveChat.

FTB administers two of California's major tax programs: the Personal Income Tax and the Corporation Tax. FTB also administers other nontax programs and delinquent debt collections, including vehicle registration debt collections on behalf of the Department of Motor Vehicles and court–ordered debt. Each year, 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

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