State contacting one million income tax non-filers

Tax board using multiple data to find income records

If you didn't pay your California taxes in 2013, the state's the Franchise Tax Board is looking for you.

More than one million people who earned money in 2013 but did not file a state income tax return will hear from the FTB.

Since the 1950s, the FTB has contacted people who earned income in California but did not file a tax return. The letters are sent throughout the year, starting in January. Last year, FTB collected more than $715 million through this effort, helping to ensure everyone pays their fair share.

Each year, FTB receives more than 500 million income records from banks, employers, state government, the IRS, and other third parties. FTB matches these income records against its database of tax returns. The program detects others who earned income but did not file a return through sources such as occupational licenses and mortgage interest payments.

Those contacted by FTB have 30 days to file a state tax return or show why one is not required. For those who do not respond, FTB estimates a tax bill based on income records. The assessment includes interest, fees, and penalties that can total as much as 50% of the tax due.

Some taxpayers might not have filed because they earned too little. But these taxpayers also may want to file returns. If they had too much withheld from wages or overpaid estimated taxes, filing a return is the only way to get a refund.

State tax law allows taxpayers four years to claim a refund. For 2010 returns, that window generally closes on April 15, 2015. There is no penalty for filing a late return that qualifies for a refund.

FTB provides more information for those receiving a letter at Taxpayers can search for: Respond to request/demand for tax return. Using this online service, individuals can request more time to reply, retrieve information that can assist in filing a tax return, request tax forms, learn about payment options, sign up to receive an email reminder to file, and access other services. They can also call FTB at (866) 204-7902.

The deadline to file a 2013 state tax return was October 15, 2014. Last year, California taxpayers filed more than 16 million tax returns for the 2013 tax year.

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3 people like this
Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2015 at 9:07 am

Illegal aliens! Good luck finding them. Hopefully they will sign up for drivers licenses and BarryCare!!

6 people like this
Posted by Taxpayer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2015 at 10:19 am

Feds needs to be searching harder and deeper for 'income' tax cheaters too. I'm sick of honest 'middle' class supporting all the moochers. That includes all participants in 'cash' transactions as well. Many middle-incomers NET little more that the 'cash' moochers who get housing assistance, PG&E assistance (goes on our bills thru rates), 'free' rides in our CA colleges, med clinic assistance, food cards, yet continue to breed more kids they 'cannot' provide for. The list is long. Some states have done reports on the staggering lists of programs that provide more, than middle taxpayers NET. Yet it's thanks to middle-incomers...ooops, usually it's not with thanks!!!

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Posted by José Jiménez
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Feb 11, 2015 at 7:29 pm

José Jiménez is a registered user.

You'll never catch me or my brothers and sisters......we will hide behind the cars in the Home Depot parking lot !! Only the honest taxpayers should pay taxes !!!!!! We believe in Emperor Jerry Brown's philosophy: "from those based on their ability to those based on their need" (But don't tax his PER'S retirement!!) Bravo for the FTB.......catch all those people who are not paid with cash......

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