I know this is only marginally political, but I spent the better part of yesterday working on our income taxes. I was expecting changes to the forms from what I had heard on the news last year, but nothing like what I found.
If you are waiting for the IRS to mail you a 1040 form package be advised that they are not unless they are ordered. They apparently are trying to encourage everyone to file electronically. While this reduces waste in printing and postage costs for the Treasury, it eliminates the convenience for those without internet access or experience (i.e. seniors). It also benefits tax preparation services and/or tax software manufacturers and retailers.
What was the 1040 long form has been reduced to two half pages and it appears that the 1040A and 1040EZ forms have been eliminated. Schedules A and B are still around, but a schedule 1 has been added along with a few dozen other forms and schedules oriented primarily toward businesses.
I have been itemizing my deductions since I bought my first house back in 1986 so I am accustomed to keeping all of my receipts. With all of the hospital and doctor bills I had from my death and recovery last year, I had a particularly large stack to sort and tabulate which took the better part of the day. After adjustments and insurance payments, we still had over $11k out of pocket.
Be prepared for most of the deductions you had previously itemized to go away this year and in the future, but on a positive note the standard deduction has increased substantially. Allegedly the Earned Income Credit, which benefits primarily single mothers, has also increased substantially but I haven't bothered looking.
PS, apologies about the "Taxation without Representation" reference in the thread title.