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News for 2018
The most noticeable change for returning volunteers and tax preparers is the look of the Form 1040.
The biggest tax related are changes to the child & dependent credits and the introduction of a new Qualified Business Income deduction (that gets automatically calculated triggered by our Schedule C sole proprietors).
It’s now a Postcard! Form 1040 has a new look and a few significant changes to the tax laws. These changes are being implemented due to the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017. Because of the redesigned and more compact Form 1040, many of the omitted lines from 2017’s 1040 have been offloaded to one of 6 new Schedules.
Schedules 1-6 hold the seldom used items from the 2017 Form 1040; there are things like income, adjustments to income, AMT computations, and nonrefundable credits, to name a few. These offloaded line items have even retained their old line numbers from 2017 Form 1040 (in draft forms). Click to take a look at the new Tax Forms.
Also, here’s something only if your are curious or having trouble sleeping, that sort of thing:-) The Joint Committee on Taxation decided to publish a summary of new tax code in plain english. It was prepared by the staff which to me means it’s just the facts and, thankfully, not trying to drive a partisan narrative. The part that relates to Individual Taxes is only a few pages. Here it is.
With regard to Maine tax law changes, here is a plain English explanation of the Legislative changes in Maine tax laws enacted for 2018. It is concise and informative.