Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

The Board of Equalization (BOE) accepts tax or fee payments electronically, rather than through the use of paper checks. Known as EFT payments (for "electronic funds transfer"), these payments are made by authorizing a financial institution to transfer money from your bank account to the State's bank account electronically, thus eliminating the use of paper checks. Such payments can be initiated by telephone.


All special taxes accounts (includes most environmental fees, excise and fuel tax accounts) whose average monthly tax or fee payments equal or exceed $20,000 are required to participate in the EFT program. Each qualifying account will be notified in writing by the BOE of their mandatory EFT status. You must continue to make tax or fee payments electronically for a mandatory EFT account until you are notified in writing of your eligibility to withdraw from the program.

If your organization has more than one account with the BOE and you are required to make payments by EFT for one of the accounts, you are not required to pay by EFT for your other BOE accounts, unless you have specifically been notified otherwise.

If you are not required to make your tax or fee payments through EFT, you may choose to do so on a voluntarily basis after contacting the BOE and completing an Authorization Agreement for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) (BOE-555-ST) for each special taxes account.

Payment Options

There are two reporting methods for making EFT payments: Automated Clearing House (ACH) debit and ACH credit.

ACH Debit - ACH debit is an electronic transaction in which you authorize the State to withdraw (debit) funds from your account and deposit them into the BOE's account. You initiate the transaction and specify the amount and date of the withdrawal.

ACH Credit - ACH credit is an electronic transaction in which you authorize your financial institution to send (credit) funds to the BOE's account.

Contact Information

If you have questions or want additional information, please see our list of EFT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's), refer to Publication 89ST, EFT Quick Reference Guide, or call the appropriate section for your tax or fee program listed below between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time, Monday through Friday.

State Board of Equalization
Special Taxes and Fees
PO Box 942879
Sacramento CA 94279-0088
Telephone 1-800-400-7115