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State of California Franchise Tax Board

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This is a free-for-all system. It employs a combination interview/forms approach, Federal forms, California Short or Long Form, Resident or Non-Resident/Part-Year; forms are displayed and can be printed. The software is downloaded and the taxpayer can prepare their returns with no information transfer to any outside entity. Taxpayers can create (and efile) multiple tax returns and can create "what-if" scenarios. Online Chat available; Federal and California transmissions of encrypted returns; taxpayers automatically check transmission status. There are no charges and no advertisements or popups of any kind.



Free for all returns. There are no charges.

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A fee of $5.00 is assessed if a taxpayer migrates a previous years UDS tax return to the current tax year. The migration would populate a taxpayer's current-year tax return with a taxpayer's previous years UDS tax return which is automatically updated to reflect current tax-year tax-code changes. If a taxpayer chooses not to migrate a previous years tax return, then the taxpayer just continues with UDS free preparation and efiling service.


  • Print and efile your Federal and California return(s)
  • Private and secure; data exists only on your computer prior to taxpayer-requested encrypted transmission(s)
  • Taxpayer has total control
    • Create and efile multiple returns
    • Create "what-if" scenarios
  • No data transfer
    • Only taxpayer-requested transmission of encrypted return(s)
      ** encrypted data uploaded upon taxpayer request for support
    • Taxpayer-requested program version updates
    • Taxpayer-requested Online Chat
    • Taxpayer-requested transmission status reports
  • Encrypted returns stored for future-year migration

Additional Services (For free product only)

  • Printing
  • Service/technical support
    • basic support
    • extensive, unlimited support (combined Federal/California)
    • extensive, unlimited support (California)
  • Storage of data for future years
  • Additional W-2's and 1099's
  • Downloading
  • Professional review
  • $0
  • $0
  • $30
  • $20

  • $0
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  • $0
  • N/A


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