Can I E-File Under the TCJA? | H&R Block

February 01, 2018 : Gil Charney

Editor’s Note: Although the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) makes major changes to how your income is taxed, how you file your return will stay the same. You’ll still be able to e-file or mail in your tax return, and choose to get your refund through direct deposit. You still get to choose whether to have your return prepared by your tax professional or to use do-it-yourself software.

You’ll still be able to e-file your tax return next year

Taxpayers e-filed over 127 million tax returns in 2017. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) doesn’t change your ability to file your tax return online. You can continue to e-file just like you did last year. E-file is faster, easier and more accurate than filing a paper return. Where’s My Refund? shows the status of your tax return within 24 hours (if you e-file) or 4 weeks (if you file a paper return).

E-filing also allows the IRS to process returns more quickly, and, in turn, issue refunds more quickly.

You can still choose a tax professional or do-it-yourself

Almost 75 million taxpayers used a tax professional in 2017. Over 52 million taxpayers chose a DIY tax prep method. You still have these choices in 2018.

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You may also qualify for free tax prep if you make $54,000 or less. The volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for Elderly TCE) program. For more information, see “Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers”.

Market innovators offer additional choices

Ready to try something new? Upload your tax documents with H&R Block’s Tax Pro Go and a tax professional will complete your tax return for you. You don’t need to visit an office or start your taxes yourself.

The IRS is keeping Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ

The 1040 base forms will still be around. Taxpayers sometimes need to switch base forms from year to year due to life events, such as the birth of a child, changing from an employee to an independent contractor, or buying a house.

You might think of tax reform as another type of life event. You might need to switch which base form you’ll file, but the filing process will be the same. For more information, see “1040EZ, 1040A, and 1040 TaxLink to the TCJA page. Filing”.

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Gil Charney

Gil is the Director of Tax Law and Policy Analysis for The Tax Institute at H&R Block.