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State of California Franchise Tax Board

ReadyReturn Step-by-Step Video Transcript

Hi, it’s me Jennifer, with the California Franchise Tax Board. And today we are going to take a step-by-step look at Ready Return. Now, Ready Return is the absolute easiest way to file your California state taxes. Before you get started, you’ll need your customer service number or CSN. You’ll find it in a letter you may have received from us, or you can find it on our website at ftb.ca.gov.

Okay, now that you’re at our website, just click Ready Return. And to jump straight into doing your taxes, click here. Enter your social security number and last name to see if you qualify. And if you qualify, this is where that CSN comes into play. Enter your information and login.

And there it is. Your return is ready and waiting for you. We took the information that we already have on record to fill out your tax return for you. All you have to do is review it. Now take your time, because really, this is the only work you’re going to have to do. Look it over. Make sure it’s right. And if it’s not, Ready Return makes it very easy to make changes. The most common changes are renter’s credit, marital status, and dependents.

And that’s it. It’s that easy! Print your return and click submit. You’ll get an instant confirmation that you’ll also want to hang on to, but your taxes are done. So let’s take it from the top: Login, Review and Make Changes, and Click Submit. Oh yeah, and by the way, all of this is free!

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