IRS Tax Tips
January 22, 2007 – IRS Tax Tip 2007-15
Moving Soon? Let the IRS Know
If you changed your home or business address, notify the IRS to ensure that you receive any refunds or correspondence. While the IRS uses the Postal Service’s change of address files to update taxpayer addresses, notifying the IRS directly is still a good idea.
There are several ways to do this.
- On your tax return: You may correct the address legibly on the mailing label that comes with your tax package or write the new address in the appropriate boxes on your tax return when you file.
- Form 8822: You may use Form 8822, Change of Address, to submit an address change at any time during the year.
- Verbal Notification: If an IRS employee contacts you about your account, you may verbally provide a change of address.
- Written Notification: Write to the IRS center where you file your return and provide your new address. The mailing addresses for the IRS centers are in the tax instruction booklet. In order to process your address change, you will need to provide your full name, old and new addresses, your social security number or employer identification number, and signatures. If you filed a joint return, you should provide the same information for both spouses. If you filed a joint return and have since established separate residences, you should each notify the IRS of your new addresses.
In addition to notifying the IRS directly you should notify the U.S. Postal Service. You may file a change of address with your local post office in person or via the internet at www.usps.com. The USPS-United States Official Change of Address Form via the website is safe and secured.
It's a good idea to notify your employer of your new address so that you can get your W-2 forms on time.
If you change your address after filing your return, don't forget to notify the post office at your old address so your mail can be forwarded.
You should also notify the IRS if you make estimated tax payments and you change your address during the year. You should mail a completed Form 8822, Change of Address, or write the IRS center where you file your return. You can continue to use your old pre-printed payment vouchers until the IRS sends you new ones. Do not correct the address on the old voucher.