Major changes to the 2018 Tax Forms from the IRS

IRS TFOP ALERT - 09/27/2018

Following the most expansive tax law changes in 30 years, the IRS created a shorter, simpler Form 1040 for the 2019 tax season. The new Form 1040 will replace the current Form 1040 as well as the Form 1040A and the Form 1040EZ. 

The new Form 1040 uses a "building block" approach, in which the tax return is reduced to a simple form. That form can be supplemented with additional schedules if needed. Taxpayers with straightforward tax situations would only need to file this new 1040 with no additional schedules. 

 The IRS will distribute the Form 1040 and Schedules 1-6 as package 1040. The package 1040 will include one copy of the new Form 1040 along with one copy of the schedules. The instructions for Form 1040 will distributed separately. 

Package 1040 Contents:

· Form 1040U.S. Individual Income Tax Return

· Schedule 1Additional Income & Adjustments to Income

· Schedule 2Tax (Additional  Taxes)

· Schedule 3Non-Refundable Credits

· Schedule 4Other Taxes

· Schedule 5Other Payments and Refundable Credits

· Schedule 6Foreign Address and Third-Party Designee


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