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Double-check your state tax refund: California is reviewing 23,500 it paid too soon

How to get more time to file your tax return

You can get an extension to file your tax return but make your tax payment by the April due date. Here are instructions on how to get more time to file.
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You can get an extension to file your tax return but make your tax payment by the April due date. Here are instructions on how to get more time to file.

California erroneously sent refunds to 23,500 taxpayers last month, according to an announcement Tuesday from the state’s Franchise Tax Board.

The department responsible for collecting state personal income and corporate income taxes said a “system error” from March 8 to March 11 caused it to issue refunds to people without first verifying the amount of money people claimed was automatically taken out of their paycheck.

As a result, as many as 23,500 Californians might have their income tax returns adjusted, though the board said the vast majority aren’t expected to change.

The FTB said it will spend the next few weeks reviewing all of the affected accounts.

“Please accept our apology for any inconvenience this may have caused you or your clients,” the FTB wrote in a public announcement.

The taxpayers involved will be contacted beginning April 22, the board’s statement said. If a change to their return is necessary, they will either get a bill in the mail or a refund for the amount they are owed.

California expects to process about 18 million tax returns this year.

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