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Why The FTB 4684/4685 Matters to Taxpayers

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Alisson Ward

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Why You Received FTB 4684/4685

FTB 4684/4685, California’s Demand for Tax Return, is a notice the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) issues to taxpayers. It requires filing a tax return within a specific time if not done previously.

The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) usually sends the Demand for Tax Return to individuals, businesses, or entities. These recipients have a legal obligation to file a tax return according to California tax laws.

What You Need To Do with FTB 4684/4685

When you get the Demand for Tax Return, the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) provides clear instructions to follow. Additionally, FTB sets a specific deadline, giving you ample time to ensure effective compliance with the filing requirement.

This approach ensures clarity and empowers you with information to act promptly and accurately.

You, as a taxpayer, have two options available:

  1. Submit your tax return within the given timeframe.
  2. Utilize the "Reply to FTB" form enclosed in the notice to explain your filing status. This form enables you to indicate whether you have already filed, need not file, or are uncertain about filing obligation.

It’s crucial to bear in mind that the FTB typically offers a 30-day window from the notice’s date for your response. If you neglect to respond or fail to submit the required tax return within this provided timeframe, it can potentially lead to significant consequences.

In such situations, the FTB might proceed with evaluating your tax liability based on the information they have on hand. This course of action has the potential to result in additional interest charges and penalties due to the delay in filing.

To achieve a more comprehensive understanding of the stipulated filing requirements and to effectively meet your tax obligations, it would be highly advisable to seek assistance from tax professionals like Priority Tax Relief. Moreover, utilizing the available resources on the FTB’s website can provide valuable guidance and insights.

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