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General Instructions

The California Franchise Tax Board only requires that you file for an extension if you owe California taxes. If you are expecting a refund from California there is nothing to be filed, an extension is automatically granted until October 15, 2014 for the filing of your 2013 tax return.

You are automatically allowed an extension of up to six months to file your tax return without filing an extension form. An extension to file your return is not an extension of time to pay your taxes.

If You Owe

If you owe taxes, payment must be made by April 15, 2014 or penalty and interest will be assessed. If you cannot meet the filing deadline, you should apply for an extension. The extension allows additional time to complete and file your income tax return; however, the extension does not provide additional time to pay the amount of tax owed.

Find out if you owe using FTB’s tax calculator. The tax calculator allows you to figure your tax by using your filing status and taxable income amount.

Pay Online

Pay your taxes online on the Franchise Tax Board’s website using Web Pay. After a one-time registration, you can make an immediate payment or schedule payments up to a year in advance. Do not mail form FTB 3519 to the Franchise Tax Board.

You can also pay online at Official Payments Corporation. Visa, MasterCard, Discover Network, and American Express credit and debit cards, and other forms of payment, such as Bill Me Later® are accepted. To make a debit card payment you can use a MasterCard or Visa Debit Card or any debit card with Nyce, Pulse or Star logos. Do not mail Form FTB 3519 to the Franchise Tax Board.

There is a convenience fee for this service which is paid directly to the company. The amount of the fee is based on the amount of your payment.

Pay by Phone

Pay your taxes by phone by calling Official Payments toll-free at 1-800-272-9829. This automated service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. At the end of your call you will be given a confirmation number. Save this as proof of payment for your records.

There is a convenience fee for this service which is paid directly to the company. The amount of the fee is based on the amount of your payment.

Pay by Mail

Along with the extension form, send a check or money order in the amount of the estimated tax due made payable to Franchise Tax Board. Use blue or black ink only. Check or money order must be payable in U.S. Dollars and drawn against a U.S. financial institution. Write your Social Security number on the front of your payment. Mail to:
California Franchise Tax Board
PO Box 942867
Sacramento, CA 94267-0008

Penalty and Interest on Tax Owed

An underpayment penalty will be charged when taxes are not paid by the due date. The penalty is 5% of the unpaid tax as of the due date plus 1/2 of 1% each month, or part of a month the tax remains unpaid, not to exceed 40 months. The maximum penalty is 25% of the total unpaid tax.

A delinquent penalty will be charged on unpaid taxes if a return is filed late. The penalty is 5% of the unpaid tax due for every month that the return is late, up to a maximum penalty of 25% of the unpaid tax. The minimum penalty is $135 for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2012, (before January 1, 2012 is $100) or 100% of the unpaid tax, whichever is less.

There are also other penalties that can be imposed such as for a check returned for insufficient funds, negligence, substantial understatement of tax and fraud.

Interest will be charged on any delinquent or late payment from the original due date of the return to the date paid. In addition, if other penalties are not paid within 15 days of the date of the notice, interest will be charged from the date of the billing notice until the date of payment. Interest compounds daily and the interest rate is adjusted twice a year.

If You Do Not Owe

The California Franchise Tax Board only requires that you file for an extension if you owe California taxes. If you are expecting a refund from California there is nothing to be filed, an extension is automatically granted until October 15, 2014 for the filing of your 2013 tax return.

For more information, visit The California Franchise Tax Board.

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