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California to Stop Mailing Tax Booklets to Nonresidents

Released: November 2, 2009

Sacramento — The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today announced that it will no longer mail the 540NR California Nonresident or Part-Year Resident income tax booklet to taxpayers.

FTB is discontinuing this service due to the decreased use of this booklet, and its efforts to cut government spending. FTB estimates it will save the state more than $259,000 by not sending the 540NR booklet directly to nonresident taxpayers.

Taxpayers who filed a paper Form 540NR tax return for tax year 2008 will be mailed a letter in January detailing how they may get a 540NR Booklet.

Starting January 1, 2010, taxpayers can get a 540NR Booklet, and any other related tax forms and instructions by:

  • Going to ftb.ca.gov and typing “2009 540NR” in the Search FTB box located in the top right corner of the FTB website.
  • Calling FTB’s automated telephone service at 800.338.0505, (or 916.845.6600 if outside the United States), selecting the “personal income tax” option, then “forms and publications,” and finally entering code “914.”
  • Mailing written requests to:

    Tax Forms Request Unit
    Franchise Tax Board
    PO Box 307
    Rancho Cordova CA 95741-0307

The fastest way to get tax forms is online at ftb.ca.gov. Allow 3 to 4 weeks for mail delivery. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may call 800.735.2922 from a voice phone, or 800.822.6268 from a TTY/TDD.

Form 540NR is primarily used when taxpayers move into or out of California. Form 540NR is usually not needed the year after the move because the taxpayers will file a resident return or will no longer have a California filing requirement. Taxpayers who live outside California, but have income taxable by the state, are required to file using the Form 540NR.

For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit www.taxes.ca.gov.