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Taxpayers Go Green When They E-File

Released April 22, 2008

The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) celebrated Earth Day today by recognizing the 9.6 million California taxpayers who helped to conserve resources this year by filing more tax returns electronically than ever before.

“State taxpayers saved nearly 90 million sheets of paper this year by filing their returns electronically,” said State Controller and FTB Chair John Chiang.

The record number of returns filed electronically in 2008 represents a 10 percent increase over last year. Another 500,000 are expected to electronically file on extension by October 15. Electronically issued refunds are also up by approximately 10 percent – totaling nearly 4 million statewide.

Those who still need to file can do so electronically by using commercial software or one of FTB’s online filing programs. ReadyReturn is a free program that completes basic returns for qualified taxpayers using existing information. CalFile is a free e-file service available to more than six million California taxpayers.

A number of other services are available online at www.ftb.ca.gov. Taxpayers can request direct deposits of their refunds, make payments, and request payment-installment plans through the FTB website.