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Tax Preparer: How to Register for a MyFTB Account

This How-To guide steps through the process to register for a MyFTB account.

Note: Tax preparers that do not have a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN), California CPA Number, California Tax Education Council (CTEC) Number, or California State Bar Number cannot create a MyFTB account as a Tax Preparer.

Important! After you register, Franchise Tax Board will mail you a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to the address associated to the professional number (PTIN, EFIN, California CPA, CTEC, or California State Bar Number) you provided during registration. If you need to update your address, call us.

  • Enter your account registration information.
    * = required field
  • Select the Continue button.

  • Select your three Security Questions and enter an answer for each question.
  • Create your Password.
  • Select the Continue button.

  • Select the Tax Preparer radio button.
  • Select the Continue button.

  • Enter your tax preparer information.
    * = required field
    Note: Register with a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), if available, to increase the likelihood that Power of Attorney Declarations processed on or after October 1, 2014 display upon initial login.
  • Select the Submit button.

  • Franchise Tax Board will mail you a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to activate your account. The PIN will be mailed via the United States Postal Service within 3 to 5 business days. Please allow 10 days to receive the PIN.
  • You have 21 days from the date you submit your registration to enter the PIN. If you do not activate your account within 21 days, you will need to re-register – starting with Step 1.

  • After you receive your PIN in the mail:
    • Go to ftb.ca.gov.
    • Select the Login button.

  • Enter your User Name in the field.
  • Enter your Password in the field.
  • Enter the characters from the picture.  
  • Select the Login button.

  • Enter your PIN in the field.
  • Select the Continue button.

  • The PIN is a onetime use only to activate your MyFTB account.
  • Select the Continue button to navigate to your MyFTB account.

  • The Client List is the homepage when you login.

Note: The first time you access your MyFTB account, you will not see Tax Preparer clients. For more information about adding Tax Preparer clients, see How To Add a Client to My Client List. For more information about adding Power of Attorney clients, see How To Submit a FTB Form 3520, Power of Attorney Declaration.

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