Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. — Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 1789
The federal tax season began on January 28, 2019. This year’s deadline for filing both federal and NJ individual state tax returns is April 15th.
While taxes may be one of the few things considered certain, the same cannot be said for tax forms. In 2018, Congress passed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, which is the biggest change to the tax system in decades. Because of this legislation, the 2018 tax forms will be distinctly different than what you are used to seeing. The 1040EZ and 1040A forms have been eliminated entirely, and the 1040 has gotten a complete makeover.
The new form 1040 is much smaller—about a half page in size, double sided. In addition to the 1040 form, there are six new numbered schedules. Some previous schedules, such as Schedule A, are still valid. The 116 page 1040 Instructions include a great deal of information, including a helpful “What’s New” section on page six.
The IRS has created a Q&A section on their website that provides information on the new forms and how to use them.
A handy resource that addresses many common questions or concerns regarding filing federal tax returns is the IRS Services Guide. It includes a list of free options to turn to in order to find help in preparing a return.
As always, the New Jersey State Library has federal tax forms and instructions available.
All New Jersey state tax forms are available online. If you need help finding and/or printing any tax forms, our librarians are happy to help. For assistance with preparing New Jersey tax returns, there is a list of free tax assistance locations on the NJ 211 website.