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State of California Franchise Tax Board

Extra Days to File State Tax Returns and Pay

Released: January 24, 2007

California Follows New IRS Deadline of April 17

California taxpayers will get an extra two days to file and pay their 2006 state income taxes, announced the Franchise Tax Board (FTB). The Internal Revenue Service today announced the new April 17, 2007, deadline, and the FTB quickly changed the California deadline to mirror the federal action.

“Changing the state tax filing deadline with the IRS deadline is a common sense action,” said State Controller and FTB Chair John Chiang. “We welcome the good news that California taxpayers filing taxes will now have until April 17 to do so.”

The April 17 deadline applies to 2006 state and federal income tax returns, whether filed electronically or on paper; 2006 balance due tax payments, whether made electronically (e-Pay, credit cards) or by check; individual estimated tax payments for the first quarter of 2007, made electronically or by check; and other provisions as detailed by the IRS in their news release IR-2007-15.

All California taxpayers get an automatic six-month extension to file their state tax return, although payment is due by the new April deadline. The FTB receives more than 15 million state income tax returns annually.

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