Trump celebrates tax law's 6-month mark as IRS rolls out smaller filing form

Trump celebrates tax law's 6-month mark as IRS rolls out smaller filing form

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE on Friday celebrated the six-month mark of the Republican tax-cut law, as the IRS rolled out a new filing form that's about half the size of the previous one.

"Six months ago, we unleashed an economic miracle by signing the biggest tax cuts and reforms," Trump said at an event in the East Room of the White House.

He said he was also lauding "six months of new jobs, bigger paychecks and keeping more of your hard earned money where it belongs, in your pocket or wherever else you want to spend it."

Trump touted various aspects of the tax law, which he signed on Dec. 22. He said a provision that allows businesses to immediately deduct the full costs of their investments was "the biggest secret in the plan."

The president also highlighted positive economic data that has come out in recent months.

"At last, our country finally has a tax system that is pro-jobs, pro-worker, pro-family and pro-America," Trump said.

A host of administration officials attended the event, including Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Turkey controversy Trump hypes China trade deal as new doubts emerge Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump to slap sanctions on Turkey for Syria offensive | Trump calls on Turkey to broker ceasefire | Pelosi, Graham seek deal on sanctions | Ex-Trump aide testifies in impeachment probe MORE and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyState Dept. official told to 'lay low' after voicing concerns about Giuliani: Dem lawmaker Democrats see John Bolton as potential star witness The Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Turkey controversy MORE. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyAmerica's workers and small business owners need the SECURE Act CBO: Pelosi bill to lower drug prices saves Medicare 5 billion Democratic chairman proposes new fix for surprise medical bills MORE (R-Texas) was among several lawmakers in attendance.

The Treasury Department and IRS rolled out the new tax-filing form, known as the 1040. Republicans said during the tax-overhaul debate that they wanted to simplify the tax code to the point where most taxpayers could file on a postcard.

“The new, postcard-size Form 1040 is designed to simplify and expedite filing tax returns, providing much-needed relief to hardworking taxpayers,” Mnuchin said in a statement.

The new 1040 is smaller than the previous form, which was two pages. However, it moves some items that were on the old form, such as the student-loan interest deduction and capital gains, to separate schedules that some taxpayers may have to complete, prompting some criticism from Democrats.

“The administration’s new tax form is a smokescreen designed to conceal paperwork, additional calculations and Trump’s broken promise to simplify the tax code,” Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenDemocrats urge Rick Perry not to roll back lightbulb efficiency rules Bipartisan senators want federal plan for sharing more info on supply chain threats PhRMA CEO warns Pelosi bill to lower drug prices would be 'devastating' for industry MORE (D-Ore.) said in a statement. “It won’t take long for America to realize this postcard isn’t simple — it’s simply complicated. Just like the rest of Trump’s tax law the middle class is not going to fall for this con.”

Treasury and IRS officials said they plan to consult with tax professionals about the new form and finalize it over the summer.