Tax Forms History - Form 1040 through the Years

Federal Income Tax Form 1040 for Every Tax Year

Since 1913, American taxpayers have used Form 1040 to prepare and file their tax returns. With the ratification of the 16th Amendment, which allows the collection of income tax, IRS Form 1040 became commonplace (learn more about the history of taxes in the United States).

Through the years, Form 1040 has been revised until it evolved into its present state. Here is every IRS Form 1040 since 1913: 

1913 1914* 1915* 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922
1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932
1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942
1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952
1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962
1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972
1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982
1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992
1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
2013 2014 2015              

*- The 1913 form was used for years 1913-1915. The IRS did not begin to release versions for every year until 1916.

Historically Significant Tax Returns - Tax Returns of the Presidents and Presidential Candidates

Presidents of the United States make their tax returns a matter of public record. However, the practice of releasing returns as president or when running for office didn't become commonplace until the late 1960's. In the run-up to the 1968 presidential election, George Romney (the governor of Michigan at the time) released 12 years of his returns from 1955-1966 after being pressed by reporters. This set the precedent for presidential candidates to release their tax returns. Every president from Richard Nixon onward has made their tax returns public. The only exception was Gerald Ford, who kept his tax returns private.

The tax returns of the presidents and presidential candidates presented below are publicly available and are of historical interest (we at efile.com never share your personal information). 

Presidents

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt tax returns

1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937

FDR's domestic policy is remembered for lasting contributions such as Social Security. However, he also signed several tax reforms that raised taxes to fund the World War II effort as well as new social programs. One of the reforms he signed was the Revenue Act of 1941 into law, which raised the highest estate tax rate to 77%. This was the highest rate in United States history.

Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon tax returns

1969 1970 1971 1972

Nixon signed the Tax Reform Act of 1969, which essentially eliminated taxes for those living in poverty and raised taxes on certain wealthy taxpayers by closing loopholes. However, he reduced the highest tax rates for the richest Americans from 70% to 50% during his presidency. 

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter tax returns

1977 1978 1979

Carter supported lowering taxes for the middle class. He was also for eliminating tax shelters and loopholes.

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan tax returns

1981 1982 1983 1985 1986 1987

Under Reagan, a number of important tax reforms occurred. In 1981, he signed a law was at the time the largest tax cut in U.S. history, which cut approximately $750 billion in seven years. He also signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush tax returns

1989 1990 1991

H.W. Bush is known for his famous line “Read my lips: no new taxes." However, he didn't keep that promise and had to raise taxes during his presidency.

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton tax returns

1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

Under Clinton, taxes were lowered for the middle class but they rose for the wealthy.

George W. Bush

George W Bush tax returns

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

Bush signed the Economic Growth and Tax Reconciliation Act in 2001. This tax cut reduced taxes by $1.3 trillion over ten years. The Act was extended in 2011.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama tax returns

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

The president supports higher taxes for the wealthy as a way to reduce the national deficit, while keeping taxes low for the middle and lower classes. In 2011, Obama signed a two-year extension to the Economic Growth and Tax Reconciliation Act after it passed both the House and the Senate, keeping taxes low for all tax brackets.

Vice Presidents

Dick Cheney

Dick Cheney tax returns

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

Cheney supported keeping taxes low and touted the benefits for businesses.

Joe Biden

Joe Biden tax returns

1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

The vice president supports increasing taxes for the wealthy. As Senator, he voted for increasing education tax deductions and against repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax

Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates 

John McCain

John McCain tax returns

2006 2007

The 2000 and 2008 presidential candidate supports lowering taxes and simplifying the tax code.

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin tax returns

2006 2007

The 2008 vice presidential candidate is known to oppose increasing taxes for the wealthy. She also supports removing the estate tax (also known as the "death tax"). While governor of Alaska, she imposed new taxes on the oil industry, generating substantial revenue for her state.

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney. Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore.

2010 2011

The 2012 Republican presidential candidate favors lowering tax rates for individuals. As governor, he proposed lowering the Massachusetts state tax rate, but state and local tax rates actually increased. 

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan tax returns

2010 2011

The 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate is best known for his budget plan that attempts to broaden the tax base and reduce tax rates across the board. His proposed plan was coupled with spending cuts aimed at reducing the national budget deficit.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton tax returns

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

The 2008 and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate favors increasing taxes for the wealthy while providing tax cuts for the middle class and small businesses.

Tim Kaine

Tim Kaine tax returns

2014 2015

The 2016 Democratic vice presidential candidate favors increasing the tax rates of wealthy taxpayers. As governor of Virginia, he cut state and local taxes to stimulate the economy. As Senator, he advocated for simplifying the tax code. 

Donald Trump

Mr Donald Trump New Hampshire Town Hall on August 19th, 2015 at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH by Michael Vadon

Trump is the first Republican presidential candidate since Ford to not release his tax returns during an election. He said he will release them once his IRS audit is completed. We will update this page once (or if) this happens!

The 2016 Republican presidential candidate favors reducing taxes at all income tax levels. He is also for eliminating the estate tax (which he considers double taxation), reducing the tax brackets from seven to three, and making the child and dependent care tax credit an above-the-line-deduction. 

Mike Pence

Mike Pence tax returns

2014 2015

The 2016 Republican vice presidential candidate favors cutting taxes for all individuals. As governor of Indiana, he signed legislation to cut the income tax rate by 5 percent (from 3.4 to 3.23 percent). As a representative, he advocated for replacing the current income tax code with a fair tax. 

Related Information on Tax Forms and Tax History 

Find a list of more federal IRS tax forms.

Detailed overview of the tax history in United States and the world.