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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 (EFW) prior to transmitting your e-filed return.

Individual taxpayers have the ability to submit a stand-alone Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW) request for extension and estimate payments using tax preparation software. These payment requests will be accepted as “stand-alone”, and can be submitted separately from the e-filed return. The return can be filed at a later date.

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.

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Last Updated: 12.17.2018


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