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State of California Franchise Tax Board

October 15 Tax Deadline Fast Approaching

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For Immediate Release


Sacramento — The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today reminded taxpayers that Friday, October 15 is the deadline to timely file their 2009 state personal income tax returns to avoid late filing penalties.

More than 1.5 million Californians take advantage of California’s automatic extension for filing personal income tax returns.

Free tax help is still available. ReadyReturn and CalFile will be available through October 15 on FTB's website The ReadyReturn program completes the taxpayer’s return for them using information already collected from employers such as W-2s. CalFile is a free, direct-to-government, e-file program that accepts income of up to $321,483, itemized deductions, and some tax credits.

Taxpayers can also use a tax preparer, or one of the other free or fee-based e-file services listed on FTB's website. E-filing provides faster refunds, increased accuracy, and a timely confirmation that FTB received the return. For quick refunds, FTB encourages taxpayers to opt for direct deposit into their bank account.

Taxpayers can also access MyFTB Account, an online service where taxpayers can view their wage and withholding information, estimated payments, FTB issued 1099s, and current balance information.

FTB offers taxpayers electronic payment options as well. FTB's Web Pay allows taxpayers to authorize a payment from their bank account to pay their return balance due or estimated tax payments. For a fee, taxpayers can also pay using major credit cards by calling (800) 2PAY TAX [(800) 272-9829] or visiting

Installment payment plans are available on FTB's website for taxpayers who face financial trouble. Those who owe less than $25,000 and can repay the tax within five years generally qualify.

As of October 8, 2010, California taxpayers filed more than 14.4 million personal income tax returns of which 10.8 million were e-filed. The state has issued 8.9 million refunds totaling $6.9 billion.

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