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FTB call center closed for the day; fax quick refund applications


Here are some important updates regarding communicating with the FTB and the IRS.

FTB call center closed today

The FTB has closed their call center today, Tuesday, April 14. Taxpayers needing assistance can still use the FTB’s online services.

Quick refund applications

Beginning April 17, 2020, and until further notice, the IRS will accept quick refund claims based on CARES Act provisions to be faxed as follows:

  • Form 1045, Application for Tentative Refund, may be faxed to (844) 249-6237; and
  • Form 1139, Corporation Application for Tentative Refund, may be faxed to (844) 249-6236.

Only those quick refund applications being submitted to take advantage of the following CARES Act retroactive changes will be accepted via fax:

  • The five year carryback for 2018–2020 NOL carrybacks (CARES Act §2303); and
  • Claiming a 100% prior-year Minimum Tax Credit on a 2018 or 2019 return (CARES Act §2305).

Previously, Forms 1045 and 1139 could only be mailed, but in an effort to expedite the processing of these claims, the IRS is encouraging taxpayers to fax these applications. Taxpayers who previously mailed in their applications after March 27, 2020, can resubmit the same claim via fax.

For further information, see “Temporary procedures to fax certain Forms 1139 and 1045 due to COVID-19” at: www.irs.gov/newsroom/temporary-procedures-to-fax-certain-forms-1139-and-1045-due-to-covid-19

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