California doesn't tax social security benefits but it's part of federal income. How is Social Security subtracted from income on state return?

How do I decrease the amount of deductions on state return because California does not allow the car registration fees that the federal return does?

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The taxable portion of your Social Security benefits is automatically adjusted when the information transfers over from the federal return to the state. On your CA return, this will show as a subtraction  to income on Schedule CA. Your itemized deductions are also automatically adjusted for the allowable California deductions.

For the car registration feesCalifornia law is the same as federal law regarding the deduction allowed. Therefore, if you itemized your deductions on your federal return and claimed a deduction for the vehicle license fee, no adjustment to your California return is needed on schedule CA. See  this link: https://www.ftb.ca.gov/individuals/faq/ivr/222.shtml

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