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State of California Franchise Tax Board

California e-file logo Benefits

e-file is Secure, Accurate, Fast, and Easy! The SAFE Choice!

With e-file you get acknowledgement that we received your return. It's also convenient because you get:

  • To e-file at your convenience, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Fast refunds with direct deposit.
  • To e-file now and pay later! Schedule a future payment with electronic funds withdrawal prior to transmitting your e-filed return. Due to the Emancipation Day holiday on April 16, 2016, tax returns filed and payments mailed or submitted on April 18, 2016, will be considered timely.

Who prepares your return?

I take my return to a tax professional.
Ask your tax professional to e-file for you. Thousands are authorized by us to provide e-file services for their clients. Check out the e-file providers in your area.

I prepare my return myself.
You can e-file wherever you have Internet access. And you can choose among offers from the FTB and from software companies. Check out your e-file options. You may be able to e-file for free.

Need more information?

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