1040A is a simplified version of the 1040 form for individual income tax. Its a shorter version of the Form 1040 U.S. individual income tax return. It is limited to taxpayers with taxable income below $100,000 who take the standard deduction instead of itemizing deductions.
A taxpayer who uses the 1040A tax return can only have income from the following sources:
- Wages, salaries, and tips.
- Interest and ordinary dividends.
- Capital gains distributions.
- Taxable scholarships and fellowship grants.
- Pensions, annuities, and IRAs.
- Unemployment compensation.
- Taxable social security and railroad retirement benefits.
- Alaska Permanent Fund dividends.
Several other restrictions apply as well.