FTB updates COVID-19 FAQ tax relief, assistance pages

The California Franchise Tax Board announced updates to its COVID-19 frequently asked questions page that provides details about special relief for taxpayers.

“During this public health emergency, we are doing everything possible to make California taxpayers aware of available resources,” said State Controller and FTB Chair Betty T. Yee.

Due to the widespread health and economic issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the FTB has temporarily adjusted or suspended key compliance programs and has extended various deadlines to provide relief to California taxpayers in conformity with the Internal Revenue Service. These measures are in effect through July 15.

The FTB’s COVID-19 frequently asked questions page has information on various topics including:

  • Extension of time to file and pay taxes;
  • Cancellation or rescheduling of electronic payments;
  • Suspension on collection activities;
  • Skipping installment agreement payments;
  • Statute of limitations for claims, protests, appeals and assessments; and
  • Free tax preparation options.


How provisions of the Federal CARES Act apply to California

FTB’s FAQ page are updated continuously as new information becomes available.

Taxpayers should continue to file their tax returns to get their refunds timely, including claiming the Earned Income Tax and Young Child Tax Credits.

During these challenging times, FTB continues to process tax returns, issue refunds, and provide phone and live chat service to taxpayers needing assistance.