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How to Set Up a California FTB Tax Payment Login

How to Set Up a California FTB Tax Payment Login

May 12, 2024

How to Set Up a California FTB Tax Payment Login

If you're a resident of California or need to pay taxes to the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB), setting up an online account can streamline the process significantly. An online FTB account allows you to manage your payments, check your balance, and view your account information with ease. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you set up your California FTB tax payment login. In conjunction with the FTB site, I would recommend setting up an IRS payment login. See previous post for these instructions.


Step 1: Gather Your Information

Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary information on hand to ensure a smooth registration process. You will need:

- Your Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN)

- Your date of birth

- Your California driver license or ID card number (if available)

- A copy of your most recently filed California tax return

- Your current address

- An email address

Step 2: Visit the FTB Website

Navigate to the official California Franchise Tax Board website by typing []( into your browser’s address bar. Once there, look for the “MyFTB” option, which is often highlighted as a key feature on the homepage.

Step 3: Register for a MyFTB Account

To manage your tax payments effectively, you need to create a MyFTB account. Here are the steps:

  1. Click on “Register” under the MyFTB section.
  2. You will be directed to a page with detailed instructions on how to proceed. Carefully read these instructions.

Step 4: Enter Your Personal Information

  1. Begin the registration process by entering your personal details:

   - Your SSN or ITIN

   - Your date of birth

   - Additional information as requested (this may include your filing status and zip code).


  1. Click “Next” to proceed.

Step 5: Create Your Login Credentials

  1. You will be asked to create a username and a password. Choose a username that is unique and a password that is strong and secure.
  2. Set up your security questions and answers. These will be used to verify your identity if you forget your password or need to reset your account access.

Step 6: Verify Your Identity

The FTB might require additional steps to verify your identity:

  1. Enter the requested information from your California driver license or ID card if prompted.
  2. If you don’t have a California ID, you may need to enter details from your most recent tax return, such as your adjusted gross income (AGI) or refund amount.

Step 7: Confirm Your Email Address

  1. FTB will send a verification email to the address you provided.
  2. Check your email and click on the verification link to activate your MyFTB account.

Step 8: Complete Your Profile Setup

Once your email is verified, log in to your MyFTB account and complete your profile:

- Enter any remaining details required.

- Adjust your communication preferences if you wish to receive notifications or documents electronically.

Step 9: Link Your Bank Account

To facilitate easy payments:

  1. Navigate to the “Payments” section within your MyFTB account.
  2. Choose “Make a Payment” to set up your bank details for direct payments.
  3. Enter your bank’s routing number and your account number.

Step 10: Manage Your Account

With your account set up, you can now:

- View your payment history and upcoming due dates.

- Schedule payments in advance.

- Access tax documents and notices from the FTB.