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CA SDI Refund

Hi, My employer paid state taxes and  SDI to CA due to system glitch.I filed my returns through turbotax, i got the state return back but not SDI amount present in the W2. I am trying to amend the return, i couldn't locate the option to add the SDI amount. Please guide.



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Level 8

CA SDI Refund



Unfortunately, in your situation you do not get the SDI refunded through your CA income tax return.  That mechanism is only for the case when multiple employers withheld more than the state's limit on SDI contributions. See 


Instead, your employer is the one who owes you the SDI and they, in turn, need to contact CA EDD and request a refund of the excess tax they paid.  See for the instructions they should follow.


Good luck!  You'll probably need it.  With the pandemic, the EDD is overwhelmed.

Level 15

CA SDI Refund

Why should you get the CA SDI back?  That's only if not have 2 or more employers.  On your W2, what box is the SDI in?  If it is in box 19 you need to move it to box 14 to get credit for it.


The SDI taxable wage limit is $118,371 per employee for calendar year 2019.  The maximum to withhold for each employee is $1,183.71.  If one employer took out more you have to get it back from the employer.  So enter the max for box 14 on that W2.


Excess CA SDI will be on CA 540 line 74.  See 540 Instructions Page 13 line 74

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