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Transmitting electronic payments for California corporate and S-corporate estimated tax

SOLVEDby IntuitLacerte Tax4Updated July 14, 2022

Starting in tax year 2018, California corporate and S-corporate Estimated Tax Payments can now be transmitted electronically through the Estimated Tax Wizard. This means that CA estimated payments will no longer be transmitted with the filing of the tax return for these filing types.

When California estimates are generated, the following critical diagnostics will appear:

  • Corporate e-file: 100-ES estimated tax payments are not transmitted with the return.  The Estimated Payments Wizard must be used to e-file a single quarterly estimated payment at a time or multiple quarterly estimated payments simultaneously.  Select the box on Screen 4, Code 768 and use the Estimated Payments Wizard to e-file a single quarterly estimated payment or multiple quarterly estimated payments simultaneously. (ref. #50640)
  • S-Corporate e-file: 100-ES estimated tax payments are not transmitted with the return.  The Estimated Payments Wizard must be used to e-file a single quarterly estimated payment at a time or multiple quarterly estimated payments simultaneously.  Select the box on Screen 3, Code 268 and use the Estimated Payments Wizard to e-file a single quarterly estimated payment or multiple quarterly estimated payments simultaneously. (ref. #50819)

How do I transmit CA estimated tax payments?

Select your tax type below for instructions on transmitting California estimated tax payments.

  1. Go to Screen 4.1 Miscellaneous Information.
  2. Scroll down to the California Direct Deposit of Refund / Electronic Payment section.
  3. Within the subsection 2019 Estimated Tax mark each applicable quarter for:
    • Electronic payment of 1st quarter voucher (code 760).
    • Electronic payment of 1st quarter voucher (code 762).
    • Electronic payment of 1st quarter voucher (code 764).
    • Electronic payment of 1st quarter voucher (code 766).
  4. To override the payment date which defaults to the due date, use the following input fields:
    • 1st quarter payment date [O] (code 761).
    • 2nd quarter payment date [O] (code 763).
    • 3rd quarter payment date [O] (code 765).
    • 4th quarter payment date [O] (code 767).
  5. Once everything is set up for transmission, check the box labeled The Estimated Payments Wizard must be used to e-file California quarterly estimated payments. The Estimated Payments Wizard offers the flexibility to e-file one quarterly estimated payment at a time or multiple quarterly estimated payments simultaneously. (code 768).
    • This will clear California Critical E-file Diagnostic Ref. #50640.
  6. Follow the steps provided in this article to transmit your California Estimated Payments.
  1. Go to Screen 3.1 Miscellaneous Information.
  2. Scroll down to the California Direct Deposit of Refund / Electronic Payment section.
  3. Within the subsection 2019 Estimated Tax mark each applicable quarter for:
    • Electronic payment of 1st quarter voucher (code 260).
    • Electronic payment of 1st quarter voucher (code 262).
    • Electronic payment of 1st quarter voucher (code 264).
    • Electronic payment of 1st quarter voucher (code 266).
  4. To override the payment date which defaults to the due date, use the following input fields:
    • 1st quarter estimate payment date [O] (code 261).
    • 2nd quarter estimate payment date [O] (code 263).
    • 3rd quarter estimate payment date [O] (code 265).
    • 4th quarter estimate payment date [O] (code 267).
  5. Once everything is set up for transmission, check the box labeled The Estimated Payments Wizard must be used to e-file California quarterly estimated payments. The Estimated Payments Wizard offers the flexibility to e-file one quarterly estimated payment at a time or multiple quarterly estimated payments simultaneously. (code 268).
    • This will clear California critical e-file diagnostic ref. #50819.
  6. Follow the steps provided in this article to transmit your California Estimated Payments.

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