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California Taxpayers Go Green

Released: April 22, 2009

Sacramento – Today the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) congratulates more than 10 million California individual and corporate taxpayers for filing their state income tax returns electronically this year – saving more than 18,000 trees in the process.

“Filing electronically saves materials and resources,” said State Controller and FTB Chair John Chiang. “It is an excellent way to reduce the carbon footprint of State government.”

This tax filing season, more than 77 percent of all returns were filed electronically, a 2.5 percent increase over last year and a savings of nearly 130 million sheets of paper.

More than 4.4 million refunds were issued using the direct deposit option, up approximately 7.5 percent from last year. The use of the electronic payment options, such as Web Pay, were also up by approximately 36 percent.

About 1.5 million personal income tax returns are expected to be filed on extension by October 15. Extension filers can e-file using commercial software or one of FTB’s free online filing programs. ReadyReturn completes basic returns for qualified taxpayers using existing information. CalFile is available to more than six million California taxpayers.

Many other services are available online at ftb.ca.gov. Taxpayers can check the status of their refund, make payments, and request installment-payment plans through the FTB website.

In addition to providing e-filing and electronic payment options to California taxpayers, FTB also recycled more than 1,097 tons of paper, and nearly 55 tons of cardboard. Fifty-four percent of FTB employees commuted to work by using mass transit, carpools, bicycles, or walking last year.