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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

You can request a free interpreter to be with you in court.

A court interpreter verbally translates (called “interpreting”) everything the judge and others say from spoken English into your primary language, and everything you say back into spoken English.

This resource has the answers to commonly asked questions about court interpreters, including how to ask for one.

If you are an individual who does not have the income, assets, or means to pay your tax liability now or in the foreseeable future, you may be a candidate. The Offer in Compromise program allows you to offer a lesser amount for payment of a non-disputed final tax liability.

Special tax law provisions may help taxpayers and businesses recover financially from the impact of a disaster, especially when the federal government declares their location to be a major disaster area.

A federal tax credit to keep more of the money you earned.

Listings of organizations in the Bay Area.

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. Find a provider near you.

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

A final return must be filed for a decedent if a final return would normally be required.

This interview will help you determine if you're eligible for certain educational credits or deductions including the American Opportunity Credit, the Lifetime Learning Credit, and the Tuition and Fees Deduction.

Issues FTB can help you with and their publications.

This publication is not intended to cover bankruptcy law in general, or to provide detailed discussions of the tax rules for the more complex corporate bankruptcy reorganizations or other highly technical transactions.

These Where to File addresses are to be used ONLY by TAXPAYERS AND TAX PROFESSIONALS filing individual federal tax returns in California.

A guide from the state tax board on taxpayer protections.

Helps taxpayers who have been unable to resolve their tax problems through normal channels.

The IRS explains how to figure and claim the credit.

Call Your Local Taxpayer Advocate in California.

The IRS' guide to this tax credit.

Does a tax return have to be filed for a deceased taxpayer?

If you are a California resident, nonresident, or part-year resident.

Please be aware that an extension of time to file your return does not grant you any extension of time to pay your taxes.

Prepare Your Return; Your Filing Options; and After You File.

Contact us now so we can help you learn about your tax filing responsibilities. Filing sooner, rather than later, can help you reduce future penalties and interest you may owe.

You automatically receive an extension to file through October 17.

An installment agreement (IA) allows you to make monthly payments when you are financially unable to pay your tax liability in full.

A lien is a legal claim against property to satisfy a debt.

Includes: moving, career changes, medical care, divorce, childbirth.

The information contained in this packet, while specific to Native Americans, is general in scope and your particular tax situation may contain issues outside of this packet.

Disabilities, Retirement, Mutual Fund Distributions, Withholding, and other topics.

Property Tax Appeals, Tax Appeals Assistance Program (TAAP), Sales & Use Taxes & Special Tax Appeals, Homeowner & Renter Assistance Appeals, and Franchise & Personal Income Tax Appeals.

Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS.

People facing financial difficulties may find that there's a tax impact to events such as job loss, debt forgiveness or tapping a retirement fund. For example, if your income decreased, you may be newly eligible for certain tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

CalEITC is a cash back tax credit for working families and individuals.

This publication covers the general rules for filing a federal income tax return. It supplements the information contained in your tax form instructions. It explains the tax law to make sure you pay only the tax you owe and no more.