State of California Income Tax California State Income Tax
Tax Year 2014

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QuickFact: The average family pays $847.00 in California income taxes. [1]
Rank: 36th out of 51

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California Income Tax Table

Tax Bracket (Single) [2] Tax Bracket (Couple) [3] Marginal Tax Rate
$0+ $0+ 1.00%
$7,749+ $15,498+ 2.00%
$18,371+ $36,472+ 4.00%
$28,995+ $57,990+ 6.00%
$40,250+ $80,500+ 8.00%
$50,689+ $101,738+ 9.30%
$259,844+ $519,688+ 10.30%
$311,812+ $623,624+ 11.30%
$519,867+ $1,000,000+ 12.30%
$1,000,000+ $1,039,374+ 13.30%

Learn how marginal tax brackets work View an explanation of marginal tax brackets

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California Income Tax Calculator

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How to use the California tax estimator How To Use This Calculator
You can use our free California income tax calculator to get a good estimate of what your tax liability will be come April. On the next page, you will be able to add more details like itemized deductions, tax credits, capital gains, and more.
Please remember that the income tax code is very complicated, and while we can provide a good estimate of your Federal and California income taxes, your actual tax liability may be different.

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The California Income Tax

California collects a state income tax at a maximum marginal tax rate of %, spread across tax brackets. Like the Federal Income Tax, California's income tax allows couples filing jointly to pay a lower overall rate on their combined income with wider tax brackets for joint filers.

California's maximum marginal income tax rate is the 1st highest in the United States, ranking directly below California's %. You can learn more about how the California income tax compares to other states' income taxes by visiting our map of income taxes by state.

California doubles all bracket widths for married couples filing jointly except the $1,000,000 bracket. Additionally, taxpayers earning over $1M are subject to an additional surtax of 1%, making the effective maximum tax rate 13.3% on income over $1 million.

If you have questions, you can contact the Franchise Tax Board's tax help line at 1-800-852-5711 or the automated tax service line at 1-800-338-0505. If you encounter difficulties dealing with the California Franchise Tax Board, you can contact the California Taxpayer's Advocate Hotline toll-free at 1-800-883-5910.

There are -600 days left until Tax Day, on April 15th 2015. The IRS will start accepting eFiled tax returns in January 2015 - you can start your online tax return today for free with TurboTax TurboTax eFiling.

Compare the state income tax rates in California with the income tax rates in

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California Tax Deductions

Income tax deductions are expenses that can be deducted from your gross pre-tax income. Using deductions is an excellent way to reduce your California income tax and maximize your refund, so be sure to research deductions that you mey be able to claim on your Federal and California tax returns. For details on specific deductions available in California, see the list of California income tax deductions.

4.1 - California Standard Deduction

What is the CA Standard Deduction for 2016? Unlike many other states, California has no standard deduction. Certain itemized deductions (including property tax, qualified charitable contributions, etc) may be allowed depending on the income level and filing type of the taxpayer. Keep in mind that not all deductions allowed on your federal income tax return are necessarily going to be allowed on your California income tax return.

4.2 - California Personal Exemptions

California has no personal exemption. The Federal Income Tax, however, does allow a personal exemption to be deducted from your gross income if you are responsible for supporting yourself financially.

4.3 - California Dependent Deduction

Unlike most states, California does not have a dependent deduction. You can, however, claim dependent deductions on your Federal Tax Return.

4.4 - California Itemized Deductions

California allows limited itemized deductions. You may be able to claim most of the same deductions on your California income tax return as you do on your Federal return, but more limitations and phase-outs may exist for higher income taxpayers. For more information, see the list of California itemized deductions.

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California Income Tax Forms

Tax-Rates.org provides easy access to five of the most commonly used California income tax forms, in downloadable PDF format. For all of the tax forms we provide, visit our California tax forms library or the 's tax forms page.

Free Printable California Income Tax Form 3581 Tax Refund Request
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Form 3581 - Tax Refund Request
If you qualify for a refund, you need to file Form 3581. You must file Form 3581 to request payment or transfer of overpaid income tax funds.
Free Printable California Income Tax Form 540 Individual Income Tax Return
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Form 540 - Individual Income Tax Return
Form 540 is the general-purpose income tax return form for California residents. It covers the most common credits and is also the most used tax form for California residents. Part-time or nonresident filers must instead file form 540NR.
Free Printable California Income Tax Form 540-540A Instructions California 540 Form Instruction Booklet
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Form 540-540A Instructions - California 540 Form Instruction Booklet
This document contains the official instructions for filling out your California Form 540/540A. Use this booklet to help you fill out and file Form 540 or 540A.
Free Printable California Income Tax Form 5402EZ Individual Income Tax Return
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Form 5402EZ - Individual Income Tax Return
Form 5402ez is a simplified tax form for individuals who don't have many complex taxes to file for.
Free Printable California Income Tax Form 540ES Estimated Quarterly Tax Payment
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Form 540ES - Estimated Quarterly Tax Payment
Form 540ES includes four estimated tax payment vouchers for use by individuals who must file quarterly estimated tax payments. If you are self employed or do not have taxes withheld from your salary, you may need to file form 540ES.
Free Printable California Tax Table
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Printable California Tax Table & Tax Reference
Tax-Rates.org provides a printable California datasheet including an income tax table, a list of California tax deductions, important URLs and addresses, and more. This document is in PDF format.
If you are not a resident of California, have a complicated tax return, or have other specialized circumstances you may need to download additional tax forms from the website. You can find all of California's 2016 income tax forms on the income tax forms page External Link.

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How To File Your California Income Tax Return

Once you've filled out your California income tax return, you have several options for filing and paying your income tax. You can mail your return to the at the correct address below, and include your payment by check or money order. You may also electronically file your California tax return through a tax preparer or using online tax software, and pay your taxes instantly using direct debit or a credit card (an additional credit card fee may apply).

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Where To Send Your California Tax Return

If you filled out physical tax return forms, mail your completed California income tax return to the California no later then April 15th. Please be sure to send your completed tax forms to the correct address for your filing type.
Income Tax Returns (No Payment Included)
Franchise Tax Board
PO Box 942840
Sacramento, CA 94240-0002
Income Tax Returns (Payment Included)
Franchise Tax Board
PO Box 942867
Sacramento, CA 94240-0001

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e-Filing: Submit Your California Tax Return Online

You can save time and money by electronically filing your California income tax directly with the . Benefits of e-Filing your California tax return include instant submission, error checking, and faster refund response times. Most tax preparers can electronically file your return for you, or you can do it yourself using free or paid income tax software, like the examples listed below.

California's free eFile program allows all California taxpayers to instantly file their income tax return over the internet. California provides several free resources for eFile users, including ReadyReturn (which can automatically generate simple tax returns for you), and CalFile, a free software program offered by the Franchise Tax Board. In addition, California supports e-filing your return through a variety of third-party software packages.

The benefits of e-filing your California tax return include speedy refund delivery (in as little as 7 days by direct deposit) , scheduling tax payments, and instant filing confirmation. If you have questions about the eFile program, contact the California Franchise Tax Board toll-free at 1-800-852-5711.

To e-file your California and Federal income tax returns, you need a piece of tax software that is certified for eFile by the IRS. While most in-depth tax software charges a fee, there are several free options available through the states, and simple versions are also offered free of charge by most tax software companies.

The two most popular tax software packages are H&R Block At Home, sold by the H&R Block tax preparation company, and TurboTax Federal & State, sold by the Intuit software company. Both companies produce multiple editions for simple to very complex tax returns, so be sure to carefully compare the features offered by each package.

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Getting Your California Tax Refund

Your California Income Tax Refund Online

If your state tax witholdings are greater then the amount of income tax you owe the state of California, you will receive an income tax refund check from the government to make up the difference.

It should take one to three weeks for your refund check to be processed after your income tax return is recieved. E-filing your return and filing early can help ensure your refund check gets sent as quickly as possible.

Once you've filed your tax return, all you have to do is wait for your refund to arrive. If you want to check the status of your California tax refund, you can visit the California Income Tax Refund page.

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References

  1. Our state ranking and income tax figures are based on a family of four (married parents with two children) earning the national median household income of $50,000 per year. Deductions and personal exemptions are taken into account, but some state-specific deductions and tax credit programs may not be accounted for.
  2. Before the official 2016 California income tax rates are released, provisional 2016 tax rates are based on California's 2015 income tax brackets.
  3. The 2016 state personal income tax brackets are updated from the California and Tax FoundationExternal Link data.
  4. California tax forms are sourced from the California income tax forms pageExternal Link, and are updated on a yearly basis. Please make sure the California forms you are using are up-to-date.