Today the IRS announced they are working on changes to the 1040 tax forms. The IRS said that “this new approach will simplify the 1040 so that all 150 million taxpayers can use the same form. The new form consolidates the three versions of the 1040 into one simple form.” In addition to shortening Form 1040 to a postcard-sized return, the changes eliminate Forms 1040EZ and 1040A and increase the number of tax schedules supporting Form 1040 by six additional forms.
The 1040 forms (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ) are the most common tax forms. The announcement today is the first major change to 1040 tax forms in decades. But don’t worry, TurboTax has you covered. Our teams are working with the IRS and Treasury and our products will be up to date for next tax season, so you can file with complete confidence.
As you know, tax time is one time of the year many get a full snapshot of their financial picture. Taxpayers’ active participation in tax preparation is the backbone of the American tax system, giving them a better understanding of their true financial picture.
Who will be able to file with the new Form 1040?
If you have a straightforward tax situation and claim the standard deduction you will probably be able to file your taxes using the new Form 1040.
If you have itemized deductions, your tax deductions will still be included on Schedule A. Itemized deductions include deductions for homeowners like home mortgage interest, property taxes, and interest paid on a home equity line of credit used to improve your home.
Don’t worry about knowing the new tax laws and forms changes. TurboTax will make sure our products are up to date at tax time and that your tax filing process is as easy and understandable as possible. If you still have questions at tax time about how tax reform and forms changes impact you, you can connect live via one-way video to a TurboTax Live CPA or Enrolled Agent to get your tax questions answered.
Check back with the TurboTax blog for updates on 1040 tax form changes.