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October 17 Deadline for State Income Tax Extension Filers

Taxpayers have until October 17 to file their extended 2004 state income tax returns. Each year nearly l million California taxpayers file their state income tax returns using the extended due date, according to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB).

"If you're one of a million Californians who take advantage of the extended tax deadline, we want to make sure you file your return by October 17," said State Controller and FTB Chair Steve Westly. "The Franchise Tax Board has electronic filing options that can save you the headache of filling out tax forms."

E-filing offers quick refunds, increased accuracy, and timely confirmation that the FTB received your return. Taxpayers can e-file using their tax preparer, a commercial online provider, or the FTB's online CalFile program available at our Website at www.ftb.ca.gov.

For those owing tax, payments can also be made electronically. The FTB offers Web Pay and credit card payments through our Website. Web Pay is a secure service allowing the convenience of online bill payment. You can pay the current amount you owe and can even schedule future payments, such as estimated tax payments, up to one year in advance. The FTB will debit your account for the amount you requested on the date you selected. Taxpayers also have the option to pay their taxes with their Discover/NOVUS, MasterCard, American Express, or Visa cards. To charge it, call (800) 2PAY TAX [(800) 272-9829] or access www.officialpayments.com. The vendor charges a convenience fee. Of course, personal checks are always accepted.

California taxpayers affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita can find specific information about the tax relief offered to them at our Website, or by calling (800) 852-5711.

As of October 7, 2005, e-filed returns accounted for more than 8 million, or 57 percent, of the 14 million returns filed.