California State Income Tax Forms Guide

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State Income Tax Forms for California

California is one of 41 states that collect a state income tax. If you are a full time, part-time or nonresident of California and filed a federal tax return, you must also file an individual tax return with the state of California.

 
State Income Tax FormsPertains ToUse These Forms If..
Individual Income Tax ReturnIndividual Income EarnersYou earned any income in the state of CA as a full-time, part-time or nonresident.
W-4 Withholding AllowanceEmployers, EmployeesYou need to file or adjust a CA state withholding tax status.
6-Month Extension RequestsIndividual Income EarnersYou need a 6 month extension to file your state income taxes.
Estimated Income Tax FormsSelf-employed Individuals, Independent ContractorsYou are required to pay monthly or quarterly estimated income taxes.
All State Income Tax FormsIncome EarnersYou need to find any state income tax form applicable to California.
 

Property Tax Forms for California

California doesn’t collect property taxes at the state level. Property taxes are instead collected at the local level, by cities, counties and school districts. Homestead exemptions are automatic in California.

 
Property Tax FormsPertains ToUse These Forms If..
Homestead ExemptionHomeownersNo form to file. Exemption is automatic and amounts vary by county.
Property Tax Exemption FormsHome, Land, Property OwnersYou qualify for any number of property tax exemptions for CA. Must file locally.
All Property Tax FormsHome, Land, Property OwnersYou own any property in CA, including a home, land or commercial real estate.
 

All Other Tax Forms for California

California is one of 25 states that has a Vehicle Property Tax, which is filed locally. All California state specific tax forms, specialty forms and motor vehicle forms provided below.

 
All Other FormsPertains ToUse These Forms If..
Vehicle Property TaxOwner of a Motor VehicleYou own a motor vehicle. Vehicle property tax is included in your vehicle's registration and filed locally.  
Motor Vehicle Tax FormsBuyer, Seller in Vehicle TransactionsYou bought or sold a motor vehicle in CA.
All CA Tax FormsAny Tax FilerYou need to find any tax form applicable to CA.
 

Helpful Resources for Filing California Tax Forms

California offers installment agreements for help paying tax bills, income tax credits and official resources for understanding and filing local property tax forms. The main California tax form and instruction portal is also provided.

 
CA Filing ResourcesPertains ToUse This Resource If..
Installment Payment AgreementFilers Unable to Pay Tax Bill in FullYou can’t pay your tax bill in full but wish to make monthly payments instead.
Income Tax CreditsPotentially Any Tax FilerYou want to see what income tax credits CA has to offer and if you qualify.
Property Tax Relief CreditQualifying HomeownersYou want to see if you automatically qualify for a property tax relief credit.
Property Tax AssistanceHome, Land, Property OwnersYou need any help whatsoever with property taxes for CA.
Property Tax County DirectoryHome, Land, Property OwnersYou need to contact your county property tax office.
California Forms and InstructionsAny Tax FilerYou need detailed information on any of the various taxes CA collects.
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