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More than 2 million can file through ReadyReturn

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Public Affairs Office Brenda Voet

For Immediate Release

03.31.2010

Sacramento – Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today announced that with only two weeks left until April 15, more than 2 million California taxpayers are eligible to file their taxes through ReadyReturn, an online tool that allows them to finish their state tax return in minutes. “ReadyReturn provides taxpayers the simplest way to file fast and get a refund,” said State Controller and FTB Chair John Chiang. “It eliminates paperwork, and reduces this annual burden to a few mouse clicks.”

Unlike other online filing options, ReadyReturn involves no number entry. It pulls data from wage reports and past tax returns, and then generates a completed return online. The taxpayer can then review, approve, or change the return.

Taxpayers can check to see if they qualify by visiting FTB’s website at ftb.ca.gov and clicking on ReadyReturn. All that is needed is their name and social security number.

Taxpayers qualify for ReadyReturn if they:

  • Filed a 2008 state resident tax return with a filing status of single or head of household.
  • Had no more than five dependents, claimed no special credits other than the renter’s credit, and took the standard deduction on their 2008 return.
  • Had only one employer in 2009.

However, taxpayers who married, entered into a registered domestic partnership, had a child, received additional income, or qualify for a tax credit, can easily update their ReadyReturn online.

The following lists by county the number of taxpayers currently eligible for ReadyReturn:

County Number
ALAMEDA 22,406
ALPINE 15
AMADOR 385
BUTTE 2,636
CALAVERAS 457
COLUSA 217
CONTRA COSTA 13,218
DEL NORTE 270
EL DORADO 2,097
FRESNO 11,451
GLENN 292
HUMBOLDT 1,591
IMPERIAL 2,136
INYO 228
KERN 8,258
KINGS 1,378
LAKE 676
LASSEN 257
LOS ANGELES 133,250
MADERA 1,452
MARIN 2,794
MARIPOSA 194
MENDOCINO 973
MERCED 2,552
MODOC 66
MONO 187
MONTEREY 5,437
NAPA 2,028
NEVADA 1,161
County Number
ORANGE 40,709
PLACER 3,856
PLUMAS 177
RIVERSIDE 23,661
SACRAMENTO 20,188
SAN BENITO 729
SAN BERNARDINO 23,309
SAN DIEGO 45,582
SAN FRANCISCO 15,452
SAN JOAQUIN 7,973
SAN LUIS OBISPO 3,564
SAN MATEO 9,817
SANTA BARBARA 5,841
SANTA CLARA 24,874
SANTA CRUZ 4,174
SHASTA 1,994
SIERRA 21
SISKIYOU 447
SOLANO 5,750
SONOMA 6,736
STANISLAUS 6,582
SUTTER 985
TEHAMA 541
TRINITY 108
TULARE 4,547
TUOLUMNE 628
VENTURA 10,999
YOLO 2,673
YUBA 631

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

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