Looking for 2018 Tax Forms?

Federal and State tax forms and instruction booklets are now available on the 7th floor.  As you face the Reference Desk, look to the right (beyond the large column) and you will see these forms on the table next to the periodical displayer. A couple of forms (two NYC-related taxes) are on the table next to the periodical displayer.

You can also use Library computers to print copies of tax forms from the State and Federal websites. Fees for printing (25 cents per page) apply.

Filing Deadline: This year's deadline to file personal income tax returns is Monday, April 15, 2019. 

Important Changes to Federal Tax Forms

Forms 1040A and 1040EZ will no longer be used.  If you used one of these forms in the past, you will now use the redesigned Form 1040. (Some forms and publications that were released in 2017 or early 2018 may still have references to Form 1040A or Form 1040-EZ. Disregard these references.) If you have any questions, please call the Reference Desk at 518-474-5355.

Other changes for Federal taxpayers include:

  • New Schedules: The redesigned Form 1040 now has six new numbered schedules in addition to the existing schedules such as Schedule A. These new schedules will be used as needed to complete more complex tax returns. The instructions for the new schedules are on pages 86 thru 106 of the Form 1040 instructions.
  • Standard Deduction: Most tax rates have been reduced and the standard deduction amount has increased. For 2018, you can't claim a personal exemption for yourself, your spouse or your dependents.
  • Itemized Deductions: For 2018, there have been changes to the itemized deductions that can been claimed on Schedule A. These changes include:
    • the deduction for state and local taxes has been limited;
    • the deduction for miscellaneous expenses has been eliminated; and
    • the overall limit on itemized deductions has been eliminated.
  • Dependents: The child tax credit amount has been increased to $2,000 and there is a new credit for other dependents.

For more information on these and other changes, see the "What’s New" section of the Form 1040 instructions or go to the IRS web site.

Changes to NYS Taxes for 2018

  • New York State Charitable Gifts Trust Fund: Starting with tax year 2018, donating taxpayers may claim a NY itemized deduction equal to the full donation amount of any contribution for the tax year in which the donation is made.
  • New York itemized deduction: Beginning with tax year 2018, the Tax Law allows you to itemize your deductions for New York State income tax purposes whether or not you itemized your deductions on your federal income tax return.  In general, your New York itemized deductions are computed using the federal rules as they existed prior to the enactment of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).
    • Form IT-196, New York Resident, Nonresident and Part-Year Resident Itemized Deductions is a new form.
    • Form IT-201-D, Resident Itemized Deduction Schedule and Form IT-203-D, Nonresident and Part-Year Resident Itemized Deduction Schedule were discontinued.

Other changes for 2018, can be found on page 3-4 of the instructions for Form IT-201, or on the Income tax highlights for 2018 section of the NYS Tax Department website.

Last Updated: February 19, 2019