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IRS Draft Form 1040 Keeps ‘Postcard’ Promise but Draws Skepticism (1)

June 26, 2018, 6:13 PMUpdated: June 26, 2018, 11:44 PM

The new income tax forms planned for release this week by the Treasury Department meet the administration’s promise of a smaller “postcard style” tax form, but skepticism remains on whether the revisions are a meaningful step toward tax simplification.

A draft version of the 2018 Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, obtained by Bloomberg Tax reduces the number of line-items from 79 to 23 and shortens it from two full-sized pages to a double-sided postcard. Accompanying the draft Form 1040 are six schedules to be used for reporting additional income, credits, and other deductions that have ...