Still Haven’t Filed State Tax Return? Deadline is Oct. 17

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Qualified Californians Can Claim State’s New Earned Income Tax Credit

Sacramento - The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) reminds taxpayers that Monday, October 17, is the deadline for filing 2015 state personal income tax returns to avoid penalties. Each year, Californians file more than 18 million personal income tax returns, with more than 1.5 million taking advantage of California’s automatic six-month filing extension. That means there is still time to claim the new California Earned Income Tax Credit (Cal EITC).

“We encourage everyone to file a state return, especially working families who never had to file before and might be leaving hundreds of dollars on the table,” said State Controller Betty T. Yee, who serves as chair of the FTB.

FTB reached out this summer to many Cal EITC-eligible taxpayers and reminded them to amend their returns to claim Cal EITC. More than 6,000 additional taxpayers have successfully claimed the credit since the summer reminder.

Many taxpayers can file a return electronically free of charge. Visit FTB’s website for a list of both free or fee-based e-file service providers.  Eligible taxpayers who have already filed this year, but did not claim Cal EITC, may do so by amending their return via a Form 540X within four years.

Cal EITC was created last year by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature as a supplement to the federal EITC. Qualifying taxpayers can receive a total of up to $6,000 through the state and federal credits. To learn more, visit

Payments for the 2015 tax year were due April 18, but taxpayers who still owe tax can use FTB’s electronic Web Pay to authorize payment from a bank account. For a fee, taxpayers can pay using major credit cards by calling (800) 2PAY TAX [(800) 272-9829] or visiting

Installment plans are available for taxpayers facing financial hardship. Those who owe $25,000 or less and can repay within five years generally qualify.

At MyFTB Account, taxpayers may view wage and withholding information, estimated payments, FTB-issued 1099s, and current balance information.

As of October 10, 2016, Californians filed more than 17 million personal income tax returns, 14.8 million of them electronically. The state has issued 11.2 million refunds totaling more than $10.6 billion.

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

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