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Relief & Extensions for Filing Returns

Effective March 30, 2020 all taxpayers who file a return less than $1 Million dollars will have an additional 3 months to file their return, between now and July 31, 2020.

If you qualify for this extension it is automatic and you do not need to apply.

Review New Due Dates

If your tax liability of $1 million or more, you may still request an extension if you are unable to file and pay timely. These requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and taxpayers will be notified if their extension has been approved or denied. Please follow the directions below:

You may request relief of interest or penalties or request an extension for filing a return in one of the following ways:

Online

Log in to your online services account using your username and password. Please Note: Taxpayers cannot request relief using a limited access code. If you need help logging in, please watch one of our video tutorials.

Once you are logged in, please follow the steps below:

  1. Select the account you would like to request an extension for below Accounts.
  2. Select Request a Filing Extension located below I Want To.
  3. Select the A disaster occurred, such as a fire, flood, storm, tidal wave, earthquake, or similar public calamity, whether or not resulting from natural causes, which has prevented the timely filing or payment option.
  4. Complete the form.

Currently, we are receiving a high volume of requests. We will notify you when your request is processed.

Email or Letter

If you prefer, you may send us your request in writing via email or postal mail and include the following information:

  1. First and Last Name
  2. Account Number
  3. Your Relation to the Account (owner, officer, bookkeeper, etc.)
  4. Periods of Relief Requested
  5. An explanation of why the requested relief should be granted

Email your request to BTFD.RAUElectronicMaintenanceRequests@cdtfa.ca.gov

Mail letters to:
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration
Return Analysis Unit, MIC:35
PO Box 942879
Sacramento, CA 94279-0035

We are also available to answer questions and provide help by phone. This includes assistance if you are unable to make a timely tax payment. Please call our Customer Service Center at 1-800-400-7115 (CRS:711). Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Pacific time), except state holidays.

Extensions for Filing a Claim for Refund or Tax Appeal

The Executive Order issued on March 30, 2020, provides a 60-day extension for taxpayers to file a claim for refund for any refund that must otherwise be filed by July 31, 2020. The Executive Order also provides, through July 31, 2020, a 60-day extension for requesting a tax appeal with the Office of Tax Appeals.

CDTFA Field Office & Motor Carrier Public Counters Temporarily Closed

As of March 23, 2020, CDTFA temporarily closed our local field office and motor carrier public counters to protect public health. We will continue to provide services via phone, video, mail, and online. Here are the many ways to reach us directly:

Video Update: Public Counter Closure.

News Release: CDTFA Temporarily Closes Public Counters in Field Offices.

Will CDTFA provide in-person services during the COVID-19 pandemic?

All of our public counters are temporarily closed for in person services. If you have an extraordinary need, certain services will be made available by appointment only. Please visit our contact page to find the office email or phone number for assistance.

What if I want to make a tax payment at a local office?

Taxpayers requesting an office visit to make a tax payment should contact the department/local office to discuss the availability for an appointment.

What if I need to make a same-day payment at my local office?

You can send your payment to the address below. During this time, you will not be charged penalties or interest for late payments.

Write your CDTFA account number and return filing period on your check or money order.

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration
PO Box 942879
Sacramento CA 94279-3535

Will CDTFA extend our deadlines for filing returns and payments?

During the 60-day window specified in the Governor's COVID-19 Executive Order, CDTFA has been able to make it easier for taxpayers to request relief. Learn more.