File directly with us — for free

Use CalFile to e-file your state tax return directly to the Franchise Tax Board. Get real-time confirmation and the fastest refund possible. And best of all, it’s free.


  • Quick - Takes about 15 to 30 minutes to complete.
  • Easy - Simple step-by-step process, save and come back anytime.
  • Fast refund - Fastest refund possible using direct deposit.
  • Safe and Secure - File directly with us on our secure servers. Instant confirmation assures your return was received.
  • Free - CalFile is completely free.


  • I like it. It is very easy to use.
  • All of the above, fast and easy, love it!
  • Calculations are done by FTB so no math errors.

We now accept 2021, 2022, and 2023.

To begin CalFile, create a MyFTB account

You must have a MyFTB account to use CalFile.

CalFile registration

  • Use CalFile and all MyFTB services
  • To register, you must have filed a CA tax return for 1 of the last 5 years.
  • Most people can create an account in real-time. You may receive your PIN in the mail.

Already registered

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Tax Professionals

Tax Professionals should create a full-access MyFTB account.