The IRS Form 1040A was a simplified tax form that was available for certain taxpayers with relatively straightforward financial situations. However, starting with the 2018 tax year, the 1040A, along with the Forms 1040EZ and the basic 1040, was consolidated into a single, redesigned Form 1040.

Here are some key points about the now-discontinued Form 1040A:

1. **Simplified Version:** The Form 1040A was an abbreviated version of the more detailed Form 1040. It was designed for taxpayers with less complex financial situations who didn’t need to itemize deductions.

2. **Eligibility Criteria:** Taxpayers could use Form 1040A if their income was below a certain threshold, they didn’t have extensive investment income, and they met other eligibility criteria outlined by the IRS.

3. **Income Reporting:** Form 1040A allowed taxpayers to report various types of income, including wages, salaries, tips, and interest income. However, it did not allow for the reporting of certain types of income or deductions that were accommodated on the more detailed Form 1040.

4. **Limited Credits:** While Form 1040A allowed for certain tax credits, it did not support as many credits as the more comprehensive Form 1040.

5. **Filing Status:** Taxpayers could still choose their filing status, such as Single, Married Filing Jointly, Head of Household, etc., on Form 1040A.

Since the elimination of the 1040A, all eligible taxpayers, regardless of their financial situation, are now required to use the redesigned Form 1040. The new Form 1040 aims to simplify the tax return process by incorporating information from the previously separate 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ forms. It includes additional schedules for taxpayers with more complex financial situations.

It’s important to note that tax laws and forms may change, so individuals should refer to the most recent IRS publications or consult with a tax professional for the latest information and guidance.