California Tax Forms 2017
Printable State 540 / 540-2EZ Tax Form and Instructions

Printable California (CA) state income tax Form 540 or Form 540-2EZ must be postmarked by April 17, 2018 in order to avoid penalties and late fees. Printable California state tax forms for the current tax year will be based on income earned between January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. The California income tax rate for 2017 is progressive from a low of 1% to a high of 13.30% (including the 1% Mental Health Services Tax). The California state tax tables can be found inside the CA Form 540 instructions booklet and as a separate PDF download below.

Preparation of your California income tax forms begins with the completion of your federal income tax forms. Some of the California state income tax forms require information from your federal income tax return, for example. We have organized free printable tax forms under the headings 1040EZ, 1040A, 1040, and subsets of 1040. If you have not done so already, please begin with your 1040EZ, 1040A or 1040 using the links above, or on the left side navigation.

2017 California 540-2EZ Tax Form and Instructions

You cannot use easy California Form 540-2EZ if:

  • Your income is over $100,000.
  • You file a joint tax return and either spouse/RDP was a nonresident.
  • You are married/RDP and file a separate tax return.
  • You have income from a source outside of California.
  • You have income from a source not listed on the form.
  • You made estimate tax payments.
  • You have an estimated tax payment transfer.
  • You have Real Estate or Other Withholding from Form 592-B or Form 593.
  • See the instruction booklet for more details.

540-2EZ Form (easy form)
540-2EZ Instructions
540-2EZ Tax Table
540-2EZ Booklet

2017 California 540 Forms and Instructions

540 Form (long form)
540 Tax Table
540 Instructions (not published)
540 Booklet (not published)

Frequently Required Schedules, Vouchers, Requests:
540-ES - 2017 Estimated Tax for Individuals
540-ES instructions - 2017 Estimated Tax for Individuals
540-ES - 2018 Estimated Tax for Individuals
540-ES instructions - 2018 Estimated Tax for Individuals
540X - Amended Individual Income Tax Return
540X instructions - Amended Individual Income Tax Return
540 Schedule CA (not published)
540 Schedule CA instructions (not published)
540 Schedule D - California Capital Gain or Loss Adjustment
540 Schedule D-1 - Sales of Business Property
540 Schedule D-1 instructions - Sales of Business Property
540 Schedule G-1 - Tax on Lump-Sum Distributions
540 Schedule P - Alternative Minimum Tax
540 Schedule P instructions - Alternative Minimum Tax
540 Schedule S - Other State Tax Credit
3506 - Child and Dependent Care Expenses Credit
3506 instructions - Child and Dependent Care Expenses Credit
3511 - Environmental Tax Credit
3514 - California Earned Income Tax Credit
3514 instructions - California Earned Income Tax Credit
3519 - Payment for Automatic Extension for Individuals
3521 - Low Income Housing Credit
3521 instructions - Low Income Housing Credit
3525 - Substitute for Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement
3532 - Head of Household Filing Status Schedule
3526 - Investment Interest Expense Deduction
3533 - Change of Address
3554 - New Employment Credit
3885-A - Depreciation and Amortization Adjustments
5805 - Underpayment of Estimated Tax
5805 instructions - Underpayment of Estimated Tax

List of all printable CA state income tax forms.

Click any California state income tax form title above to download, view, print, and save the PDF file. The PDF file format allows you to safely print, prepare, and mail in your 2017 California state tax forms.

The State of California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) will expect your 2017 income tax forms to be printed on high quality printers. Today's laser, bubble-jet, or ink-jet printers are generally acceptable. Color printing is not required, however, we recommend that you read the first few pages of the CA 540 or CA 540-2EZ instructions booklet for updates regarding the printing of your 2017 California state tax forms.

California State Income Tax Refund Status

To check the status of your CA Form 540 or CA Form 540-2EZ income tax refund online, visit the State of California Franchise Tax Board website and use their Check Your Refund Status service. State of California Franchise Tax Board estimates that it will take up to 2 weeks to receive your refund from an electronically filed return and up to 4 weeks for a mailed in paper return.

To check the status of your California income tax refund for 2017, you will need the following information:

  • Social Security Number.
  • Mailing address.
  • Refund amount.

The requested information must match what was submitted on your CA Form 540 or CA Form 540-2EZ state income tax forms for the current year. To look up prior year refunds, you will need to contact the State of California Franchise Tax Board service center by phone, email, or mail.

To contact the State of California Franchise Tax Board service center by phone or email, use the FTB's check your refund status link above. Alternatively, view or print the CA Form 540 or CA Form 540-2EZ instructions to obtain the proper phone number and mailing address.

Last updated: December 16, 2017