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Withholding

If you're an employee, your employer withholds income tax from your pay. Tax may also be withheld from certain other income — including pensions, distributions, real estate sales, and gambling winnings. In each case, the amount withheld is submitted to FTB. Withholding is a required prepayment of California income tax.

Wage withholding

Employers are required to subtract taxes from an employee's pay. They submit those taxes to FTB as a payment of tax on behalf of the employee. Employees then claim a credit for the amount of tax withheld when filing a tax return.

Nonwage withholding

Nonwage withholding is a prepayment of the income tax due for all California income payments or distributions.

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Last Updated: 03/13/2018

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