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I have just finished my Federal and California 2012 tax forms using TurboTax. Federal has been e-filed and I intend to mail my California forms. The print out that TT gave me did not include a copy of the Fedederal return to file with California return nor do the instructions indicate that it needs to be attached. Is that no longer a requirement for California?
It has been a number of years since I have snail mailed a return.
As an aside I see that the California return now as some strange looking bar codes as part of the return which is perhaps providing some information to the state.

TIA, Bob
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If your 1040 only has schedules A and B, you don't need to attach the federal return to the CA return.

--Peter
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Thank you Peter. After looking closer I see that TT printed out a notice that indicated no Fed return was required. When in doubt read the instructions.

Bob
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When in doubt read the instructions.

I learn many amazing things when I read instructions. ;-)

Often, it's what to do with these left over parts. But this time it was when to attach a copy of the Fed return.

I'm almost afraid to admit that I wasn't sure of the requirements myself. I e-file virtually all of my clients' returns. And the couple that I don't e-file, I blindly trust the software on whether to attach or not.

So I read the CA instructions. Sure enough, the answer was there! Who'd have thought to look there? :)

--Peter
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