The FTB and Your Sale Escrow

Some key factors to know about the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) and your sale escrow:

  • Every Seller’s withholding status is assessed separately
  • Married Sellers are each considered to hold a 50% interest (Community Property State)  
  • A properly completed Form 593-C avoids withholding
  • No FTB form is complete without a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) 
  • Form 593-E is offered by the FTB as a Taxpayer’s worksheet 
    • If used, it should be retained by the Seller for use in filing a tax return 
    • The Escrow Holder is not concerned with the contents of Form 593-E 
  • If a Seller subject to withholding does not complete Form 593, it will be completed by the Case escrow officer and submitted with a standard 3.33% withholding payment at the close of escrow
  • To elect the alternate ‘Gain on Sale’ withholding option, a Seller must complete and sign Form 593 himself 

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