Monday, November 28, 2011
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2011 FEDERAL INCOME TAX FORMS
Since, for a change, the IRS did not have to wait for Congress to pass extenders this year, many of the new 2011 forms and schedules have been available at the Forms and Instructions section of the IRS website for a while now.
There is no change to the “body” of Page 1 of the 2011 Form 1040. It is exactly the same as 2010. However there is a new line in the name and address section for “Foreign country name”, “Foreign province/country”, and “Foreign postal code”.
The “Other Taxes” section of Page 2 adjusts Line 59 to create 59a for “Household employment taxes from Schedule H” and 59b for First-time homebuyer credit repayment” (you do not necessarily have to complete Form 5405). Line 60 now reads “Other taxes” with a place for one to enter code(s) identified in the instructions.
The line for the Making Work Pay credit is removed from the “Payments” section – with 64 (a + B) through 72 the same as 2010.
The same change was made to the name and address section of the 2011 Form 1040A, with the rest of Page 1 unchanged.
Page 2 loses three (3) lines –
· Advance earned income credit payments.
· The addition of net income tax from Line 35 and advance EIC payments.
· Making Work Pay Credit
The only change on the 2011 Schedule A is that Line 7 under “Taxes” now reads “Personal property taxes” instead of “New motor vehicle taxes”.
As I discussed in earlier posts the 2011 Schedules C and E have separate income lines for “Gross merchant card and third party network” receipts and gross receipts not from gross merchant card and third party networks, and Page 1 of Schedule D is totally restructured to refer to entries from the new Form 8949 (which replaces the Schedule D-1).
The 2011 Schedule SE has been revised to reflect the new temporary tax rate for the Social Security equivalent portion of self-employment tax, and remove the reference to reducing taxable earnings by the above-the-line self-employed health insurance deduction.
And, of course, there is no more Schedules L or M.
It appears that the “most changed” form for 2011 is Form 5695 (Residential Energy Credits).
I will report on changes to 2011 NJ and NY forms when the forms become available.