California Public Records Act

The PRA gives you access to public records we maintain unless they’re exempt from disclosure by law. This may include written or electronic information.

Government Code 6250 et seq.

Exemptions

We are exempt from disclosing certain public records or portions of public records.

(Government Code 6254 and 6255)

Here is a partial list of exempt documents:

  • Personnel, medical, or similar files for FTB employees
  • Tests questions and scoring keys for employment exams
  • Preliminary drafts of documents not retained by us
  • Records pertaining to pending litigation

What you can request

By law, we may provide access to our public records that are not exempt, such as:

  • Limited Business Entity (BE) information, including:
    • Exact corporate title
    • Filing date of last tax return
    • Total balance due
  • Exemption Application (FTB 3500) for business entities that were granted exempt status

How to request public records

Submit your request for public records to our Disclosure Office by email, fax, mail, or phone:

DisclosurePRA@ftb.ca.gov
Fax
(916) 845-4849
Mail
Franchise Tax Board
Disclosure Office, MS A-181
PO Box 1468
Sacramento CA 95812-1468
Phone
(916) 845-3226
Weekdays, 7 AM to 5 PM

If you would like to view or request your confidential tax information, visit MyFTB or the Information Practices Act page.

What to expect

Generally, within 10 days, we’ll determine whether we have the information you requested and if we can disclose it to you.

We may charge 10 cents per page whether we provide paper or electronic copies.

You may also request to view public records in person. Contact us to schedule an appointment, so that we can prepare the records for you. We do not charge a fee for this service, but we do charge a fee for making copies.