CalFile Step-by-Step Video Transcript

In just 3 easy steps and 15 minutes of your time you can have your California taxes finished and filed directly to the state using CalFile. CalFile is an easy to use online tax program, and this year we've made it even easier. Oh and it's still free. FTB.CA.GOV, it all starts here at our website. One more time, FTB.CA.GOV. Here you will find all the tax information you want, including our online filing options. Click on CalFile to get started. One new feature this year is the 1 time registration for CalFile, where you get to create your own user name and password. You'll need to have a valid email address and social security number, and if you provide information from a recently filed California tax return not only will you have access to CalFile and all its great features, you will also have access to our other online services anytime you need them.

Once you've registered you're ready to start the program. Just remember to have your social security number, bank account information, tax related documents such as 1099s and W2s, and the completed federal tax return for the current year. Okay, just when you thought taxes couldn't get any more exciting, check out the new features on CalFile. Okay, well maybe not exciting but definitely easier, let's take a look. CalFile guides you through your tax return with a series of basic questions. These questions help to customize your experience. And now CalFile even imports some of your general information we already have on record like your name, address, and even some of your W2 information, which means you don't have to retype a bunch of stuff you already filled out on your Federal tax return. Pretty cool huh? It only takes 15 on average to complete your return using CalFile. But in case something comes up unexpectedly while you're working on your return, CalFile allows you to save your partially completed form and finish it up later. That simple, just save and resume as needed. Okay, now that you're finished, it's a good idea to review your tax return one last time before submitting. Remember, CalFile sends your tax return directly to the state instantly, and you'll receive an email confirmation from us as soon as that's completed.

And that's it, register, complete, submit, 1, 2, 3. Who would've thought filing your own taxes could be that easy. And it's gotten even easier. Oh, and don't forget, it's all still free.