Where do I obtain a State Tax Identification Number?

The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) issues State Tax identification numbers and administers personal and corporate income and franchise taxes for the State of California. Information regarding this number (which is utilized to track state withholding taxes) can be obtained from the California Franchise Tax Board at:

  • Franchise Tax Board
    464 W 4th Street
    Room 454
    San Bernardino, CA 92401
  • Phone: 909-852-5711
  • Toll-Free: 800-852-5711

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