Payment plans Installment agreement

Can't pay your tax bill and want to get on a payment plan? You can apply for an installment agreement.

Starting January 1, 2024, FTB will accept applications for Personal Income Tax payment plans where the balanced owed is $25,000 or less, and you have up to 60 months to pay off the total amount. FTB is in the process of updating its website, installment agreement notices, and removing the self-certification option from its application to reflect changes in the law. If you are directed to self-certify a financial hardship to continue with the payment plan process, please proceed with the self-certification election.


If you apply for a payment plan (installment agreement), it may take up to 90 days to process your request. Typically, you may have up to 3 to 5 years to pay off your balance.

If approved:

  • It will cost you $34 to set up an agreement (added to your balance).
  • You’ll receive an acceptance letter in the mail with payment details.

While we process your request, you should still make your payments to:

  • Avoid more interest and penalties
  • Prevent this balance from being sent to collections or your wages garnished


You may be eligible for an installment agreement if:

  • Amount due is less than $25,000
  • You can pay the amount in 60 months or less
  • You’ve filed all your income tax returns for the past 5 years

You can’t apply online if you have a:

  • Current installment agreement with us
  • Wage garnishment (earnings withholding order)
  • Bank levy (order to withhold)
  • Other collection orders (warrant, continuous order to withhold)

Instead, give us a call to apply.

You may have to submit a financial statement for approval. A tax lien may be a condition of your arrangement.


Installment Agreement Request


If you can't pay your tax bill in 90 days and want to get on a payment plan, you can apply for an installment agreement. It may take up to 60 days to process your request. Typically, you will have up to 12 months to pay off your balance.

If approved, it costs you $50 to set-up an installment agreement (added to your balance).



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