California Tax Forms

 

If you live in the state of California or earn income in the state, it’s likely you will have to pay California income tax. And with that, comes completing and filing California tax forms.

Read on to learn more about common California income tax forms, including CA 540.

Where Do I Find California Tax Forms?

If you are trying to locate, download, or print California tax forms, you can do so on the state of California Franchise Tax Board website, found at https://www.ftb.ca.gov/forms/.

Commonly used California income tax forms are also available at Franchise Tax Board offices, most public libraries, post offices, and other county offices.

Common California Income Tax Forms & Instructions

The most common California income tax form is the CA 540. This form is used by California residents who file an individual income tax return. This form should be completed after filing your federal taxes, using Form 1040.

Here are links to common California tax forms, along with instructions:

540 California Resident Income Tax Return

540 2EZ California Resident Income Tax Return

540 ES Estimated Tax for Individuals

Help With California Tax Laws

It’s important to avoid state tax issues and potential financial liability for failing to pay taxes. If you need help navigating your state tax obligations, get help with H&R Block Virtual! With this service, we’ll match you with a tax pro with California tax expertise. Then, you will upload your tax documents, and our tax pros will do the rest! We can help with your CA taxes, including federal deductions for paying state taxes.

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