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2018 IRS Tax Forms & Instructions
for Filing Your Taxes in 2019

1040 tax formIRS tax forms | State & local tax forms | Filing under the new 2018 tax law

Questions about the new tax law? Wwhen you file your tax returns in April of 2019 it's the new law that will govern your filing.

What the new tax law means

woman holding 2018 IRS tax formsIn 2017, it took only 7 weeks to pass the most sweeping tax overhaul in 30 years.

The haste with which the bill was passed means 2018 filing taxes (in April 2019) will be a challenge for individuals and some homeowners unfamiliar with the new code.

The new tax law in a nutshell

• Individuals will see tax cuts, including a top rate reduced to 37 percent, down from 39.6 percent. (NOTE: Individual tax cuts will last for eight years and will expire after 2025. Corporate tax cuts will remain permanent.)

• The new bill for eight years beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, will increase the standard deduction - to $12,000 from $6,350 for individuals, and to $24,000 from $12,700 for married couples. However, the new bill temporarily eliminates the $4,050 individual personal exemption for those who earn under a certain income cap.

• Overall, the new bill anticipates reduced taxes for individuals by about $1,600 in 2018, with the largest benefit going to the wealthiest households.

What it means for homeowners

• Homeowners will no longer be able to FULLY deduct state and local property taxes plus income or sales taxes. Instead, the legislation allows individuals to deduct up to $10,000 in state and local income and/or property taxes and sales taxes..

• The tax changes for homeowners will affect individuals by location. Those living in high-tax states like New York, California and New Jersey, for example, could see an increase in what they owe Uncle Sam in April 2019.

Small business and home office deductions

Small businesses, freelancers, and the self-employed will continue to be able to declare business expenses on IRS Form 1040, Schedule C (Profit or Loss from Business). Also see IRS Advice on Home Office Deductions.

Estate and corporate taxes

• The size of inheritances exempted from estate taxes will double - up from $5 million to $10 million per person.

• The corporate tax rate will be reduced to 21 percent, from the current 35 percent. Unlike the temporary nature of the individual tax cut, the corporate tax cut is permanent.

Again, these new provisions apply only to US residents filing their 2018 taxes in April 2019.

2018 IRS tax forms

While the filing deadline is in April, the earliest American can begin submitting their tax forms is the last week in January 2018. This year, the IRS will begin accepting tax returns beginning on Monday, January 29, 2019.

For early filers, most tax forms are downloadable from the official IRS site including the 1040, EZ, and Form 4868 extension form if you're running late (see below.)

Tax forms & instructions are in PDF format and require the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view, download & print.

Quick hits - the most requested IRS tax forms


1040 (instructions)

1040A (instructions)

1040EZ (instructions)

Form 4868 - File an Extension

More IRS tax forms

Form 1040, Schedule A - Itemized Deductions
Form 1040, Schedule B - Interest and Ordinary Dividends
Form 1040, Schedule C - Profit or Loss From Business
Form 1040, Schedule C-EZ - Net Profit from Business
Form 1040, Schedule D - Capital Gains and Losses
Form 1040, Schedule E - Supplemental Income and Loss
Form 1040/1040A, Schedule EIC - Earned Income Credit
Form 1040, Schedule F - Farm Income and Expenses
Form 1040, Schedule H - Household Employment Taxes
Form 1040, Schedule J - Income Averaging for Farmers and Fishermen
Form 1040, Schedule R - Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled
Form 1040, Schedule SE - Self-Employment Tax
Form 1040A - Individual Income Tax Return - Short Form (instructions)
Form 1040ES - Estimated Tax for Individuals
Form 1040ES (NR) - Estimated Tax for Nonresident Alien Individuals
Form 1040EZ - Individual Income Tax Return
Form 1040NR - Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return
Form 1040V - Payment Voucher
Form 1040X - Amended Individual Income Tax Return
Form 1099MISC - Miscellaneous Income
Form 1099-R - Distributions from Pensions, IRAs, & Other
Form 1116 - Foreign Tax Credit
Form 2106 - Employee Business Expenses
Form 2106EZ - Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses
Form 2120 - Multiple Support Declaration
Form 2210 - Underpayment of Estimated Tax
Form 2210F - Underpayment of Estimated Tax, Farmers and Fishermen
Form 2441 - Child and Dependent Care Expenses
Form 2555 - Foreign Earned Income
Form 2688 - Application for Additional Extension of Time to File (see Form 4868)
Form 2848 - Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative
Form 3468 - Investment Credit
Form 3800 - General Business Credit
Form 3903 - Moving Expenses
Form 4136 - Credit for Federal Tax on Fuel
Form 4137 - Social Security and Medicare Tax on Unreported Tip Income
Form 4255 - Recapture of Investment Credit
Form 4506 - Request for Copy of Tax Form
Form 4562 - Depreciation and Amortization
Form 4684 - Casualties and Thefts
Form 4797 - Sales of Business Property
Form 4835 - Farm Rental Income and Expenses
Form 4852 - Substitute Form W-2 or 1099R
Form 4868 - Application for Automatic Extension of Time
Form 4952 - Investment Interest Expense Deduction
Form 4970 - Tax on Accumulated Distribution of Trusts
Form 4972 - Tax on Lump-Sum Distributions
Form 5329 - Return for IRA and Qualified Retirement Plans
Form 5884 - Work Opportunity Credit
Form 6198 - At-Risk Limitations
Form 6251 - Alternative Minimum Tax (instructions)
Form 6252 - Installment Sale Income
Form 6765 - Credit for Increasing Research Activities
Form 6781 - Gains and Losses From Section 1256 Contracts and Straddles
Form 8271 - Investor Reporting of Tax Shelter Registration Number
Form 8283 - Noncash Charitable Contributions
Form 8332 - Release of Claim to Exemption for Child
Form 8379 - Injured Spouse Claim and Allocation
Form 8396 - Mortgage Interest Credit
Form 8453 - Declaration for an IRS E-file Return
Form 8453 - U.S. Declaration for an IRS E-file Return
Form 8582 - Passive Activity Loss Limitations
Form 8582CR - Passive Activity Credit Limitations
Form 8586 - Low-Income Housing Credit
Form 8594 - Asset Acquisition Statement
Form 8606 - Nondeductible IRAs
Form 8611 - Recapture of Low-Income Housing Credit
Form 8615 - Computation of Tax for Children Under Age 14
Form 8801 - Credit For Prior Year Minimum Tax
Form 8812 - Child Tax Credit
Form 8814 - Election to Report Child's Interest and Dividends
Form 8815 - Exclusion of Interest from Series EE Bonds
Form 8822 - Change of Address
Form 8824 - Like-Kind Exchanges
Form 8829 - Expenses for Business Use of Your Home
Form 8839 - Qualified Adoption Expenses
Form 8846 - Credit for Social Security and Medicare Taxes Paid on Tips
Form 8850 - Pre-Screening Notice and Certification Request
Form 8857 - Request for Innocent Spouse Relief
Form 8863 - Education Credits
Form 8867 - Paid Preparer's Earned Income Credit Checklist
Form 9325 - General Information for Taxpayers to Elect to E-file
Form 9465 - Installment Agreement Request
Form SS-4 - Application for Employer Identification Number
Form W-4 - Employee Withholding Allowance Certificate
Form W-9 - Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification

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