FAQs 2012 California Withholding Schedule Proposition 30 Changes


Why are the schedules being replaced?

As a result of the passage of the Proposition 30, the 2012 withholding schedules have been replaced.

When do I start using these schedules?

Per Proposition 30, the schedules are effective for the year 2012.

How can I get a copy of the new schedules?

The new 2012 and 2013 schedules are available online on the Rates and Withholding page.

Will my employee owe money to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) at the end of the year?

Since the new schedules are for the entire year of 2012, it is possible that your employee may be under withheld for the year. Questions regarding Personal Income Tax (PIT) should be directed to the FTB’s website or call the FTB at 1-800-852-5711.

How should I answer my employees’ questions about their taxes as a result of this change?

Questions regarding California Personal Income Tax (PIT) should be directed to the Franchise Tax Board’s (FTB) website or call the FTB at 1-800-852-5711.

Will the increased PIT Withholdings change my California Deposit Requirements?

Your California deposit due dates are still based on the amount of accumulated PIT withheld and your Federal Deposit Schedule. Please refer to the Timely Payroll Tax Deposits page for the current California Deposit Requirements.

I withheld Personal Income Tax (PIT) using the schedules published in the 2012 California Employer’s Guide which have now been revised. According to the new schedules, I did not withhold enough money. Do I need to withhold extra PIT this pay period to make up the difference?

No. Employers may not withhold PIT retroactively from wages without the express written consent of the employee. There is no legal authority to retroactively withhold PIT.

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