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HAVING TURBOTAX DOWNLOAD MY W2

I HAD TURBOTAX DOWNLOAD MY W2. SOMEWHERE IN THE PROCESS THE  CA STATE PROGRAM INCLUDED ALL OF MY EARNINGS AS PAID FAMILY LEAVE, WHICH CAUSED MY STATE TAX LIABILITY TO BE UNDERSTATED BY ABOUT $7,000! I HOPE SOMEONE FROM TURBOTAX READS THIS

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BillM223
Employee Tax Expert

HAVING TURBOTAX DOWNLOAD MY W2

In the California interview, you are asked to confirm that the W-2 amount is or is not Paid Family Leave - see below. Users who do not read the screens carefully sometime skip through this page without realizing what the instructions are asking.

 

Please read the following:

 

Paid Family Leave (PFL) is income that is taxable on the federal return but is non-taxable on the California state return if it

  • is paid by the state's Employment Development Department (EDD) and appears on a 1099-G form –OR–
  • is paid by an insurance company under a Voluntary Plan for Disability Insurance (VPDI) and reported on a W-2 from the insurance company.

To repeat: PFL is not included in your employer's regular W-2 but on a separate W-2 from the insurer.

 

Amounts called “PFL” that are paid by your employer and which appear on the W-2 from your employer (see last image below) are taxable both on the federal level and by the state of California.

 

When you mark a W-2 in TurboTax as being PFL, a screen about PFL appears in the California section of the interview.

 

**W-2 Interview**

 

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**California Interview**

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The amount of wages on the W-2 marked as PFL is displayed so you don't have to look it up, but you are asked enter the amount (if any) that was paid by an insurance company, and not your employer.

 

If none of the amount was paid by an insurance company but all of it was paid by your employer, then you must enter zero (0) in the wages box on this screen, because any amount reported by your employer in box 16 of a W-2 is considered by California as compensation for services or taxable fringe benefits.

 

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Note that compensation for short-term disability, vacation days, sick leave, and other employer benefits are not considered to be tax-free PFL.

 

 

If so "so-called" Paid Family Leave was actually paid by the employer on the W-2, then do not check Paid Family Leave on the screen after you enter the W-2.

 

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