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Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) for Banks and Corporations

Attention: Effective July 1, 2009, the bank and processor changed for our Corporate EFT Program. For more information, see corporate EFT bank and vendor transition.

General Information

FTB's EFT program provides a faster, more efficient method of paying taxes for banks and corporations. EFT allows financial institutions to transfer money from your bank account to the state's bank account electronically, eliminating the use of paper checks.

Participation

Note: If you received a letter advising you that you meet the requirements for mandatory EFT participation and to review FTB Pub. 3817, the publication is no longer available. Please review the information below to assist you in selecting your payment option.

Banks and corporations must use EFT if their quarterly estimated tax payment or extension payment exceeds $20,000 or if their total tax liability exceeds $80,000. Once a corporation remits a payment that meets the criteria for mandatory participation, we will notify the corporation that all future payments must be made via EFT.

Banks and corporations may voluntarily remit payments by EFT after contacting FTB and receiving approval. To receive approval, the Authorization Agreement for Electronic Funds Transfer (FTB 3815) must be completed and returned to FTB.

Payment Options

The payment options available are the Automated Clearing House (ACH) Debit, ACH Credit, and Fedwire. Fedwire payments are for emergency purposes only.

ACH Debit - The ACH Debit method allows you to transfer funds by instructing the state to electronically debit a bank account you control for the amount you report to the state's data collector. You can authorize the debit via the phone or Internet..

ACH Credit - The ACH Credit method allows you to transfer funds by instructing your financial institution to debit your account and credit the state's bank account.

After you select your payment option, complete the Authorization Agreement for Electronic Funds Transfer (FTB 3815) and return it to FTB. If you decide to change your payment option, complete and send FTB a new authorization agreement.

Additional Information

Contact Information

  • Phone: 916.845.4025 (Available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Time)
  • Fax: 916.845.5340
  • Mail:
    FRANCHISE TAX BOARD
    e-PROGRAMS CUSTOMER SERVICE UNIT
    PO BOX 1468
    SACRAMENTO, CA 95812-1468