About the IRS Form1040

The Form 1040 is  the starting form for personal (individual) Federal income tax returns filed with the Internal Revenue
Service (IRS) in the United States. The first Form 1040 was published for use for the tax years 1913, 1914, and 1915. Beginning with the tax year 1916, Form 1040 was converted to an annual form.
From 1981 - 2004, the OMB-approved Form 1040 information collection consisted of Schedule A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H/HE and SE. In 2005, that changed.  The IRS merged more 200 forms, notices, instructions, and schedules in the Form 1040, Individual Income Tax Forms.  The effect is illustrated in the sharp increase in burden hours for 2005.

As more and more taxpayers (or their paid preparers) begin to prepare tax returns electronically, IRS sought new ways to improve the way in which it measured taxpayer-compliance burden.  Earlier years, the IRS burden estimation methodology was based on taxpayers using paper forms, typewriters, envelopes, and postage stamps to file their taxes.   Improved technology, sophisticated modeling.  The Form 1040 changes, creation of the Forms1040A and 1040EZ, and changes to the tax law led to a new burden methodology, the Individual Taxpayer Burden Model (ITBM).  The ITBM estimates the reporting burden imposed on individual taxpayers. 

As of March 14, 2011, the total government-wide paperwork burden on the public is 9,885,183,721 and the Treasury Department’s burden is 7,428,462,078.  Of the Department’s total, the IRS total burden is 7,380,686,982. The IRS Form 1040 total burden is 2,431,000,000 and is placed on 143,400,000 taxpayers annually.

Source:  www.reginfo.gov/public