Californians have more options when filing tax returns online

The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) this week announced that CalFile, the electronic state tax-filing program, is now offered in both English and Spanish. CalFile is available at no cost to 6.5 million Californians.
“Making the State’s free and convenient CalFile program available in Spanish will make tax filing easier for even more Californians,” said State Controller and FTB Chairman John Chiang.
CalFile lists their benefits as faster refunds, fewer errors and immediate confirmation. CalFile takes income of up to nearly $311,000, itemized deductions, and some tax credits. It is available to taxpayers who file the Forms 540 2EZ, 540A, and, to a limited degree, the 540.
Taxpayers owed a refund can request FTB to deposit their funds in up to two different bank accounts.
In addition to CalFile, FTB provides a Check Your Refund online service in Spanish. FTB also has an interactive voice response system in Spanish and staffs its call center with bilingual agents. Many volunteer income tax assistance and tax counseling for the elderly sites provide bilingual support statewide to taxpayers needing help to complete simple tax returns.
Another free e-file service is ReadyReturn, a program that completes tax returns for individuals who in 2006 filed their tax return as single, had no dependents, took the standard deduction, and in 2007 had only one employer. ReadyReturn uses wage and withholding data already provided by employers to complete tax returns. Taxpayers may accept the return as presented, make changes, or choose not to use it and file using other means.
The FTB encourages taxpayers who owe money to use Web Pay rather than mail a check. Web Pay allows taxpayers to make payments from their bank account to satisfy their return balance due or extension payment. Taxpayers can also pay estimated tax or make any bill payments online. Taxpayers can also pay with their Discover/NOVUS, MasterCard, American Express, or Visa cards for a small fee. FTB also accepts payments sent through Western Union.
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