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Per IRS Topic 157 Change of Address - How to Notify the IRS:

If your address has changed, you need to notify the IRS to ensure you receive any IRS refunds or correspondence. There are several ways to notify the IRS of an address change:

When Filing Your Tax Return:

If you change your address before filing your return, enter your new address on your return when you file. When your return is processed, we'll update your records. Be sure to also notify your preparer.

Notifying the Post Office:

If you change your address after filing your return, you should notify the post office that services your old address. Because not all post offices forward government checks, notifying the post office that services your old address ensures that your mail will be forwarded, but not necessarily your refund check.

By Form:

To change your address with the IRS, you may complete a Form 8822 (PDF), Change of Address, (For Individual, Gift, Estate, or Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Returns), and/or a Form 8822-B(PDF), Change of Address or Responsible Party — Business, and send them to the address shown on the forms. For information on changing the "responsible party," see Form 8822-B. You may download or print the fillable Form 8822 and 8822-B from IRS.gov or order them by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676). 

Per IRS Form 8822, Change of Address:

You can use Form 8822 to notify the Internal Revenue Service if you changed your home mailing address. If this change also affects the mailing address for your children who filed income tax returns, complete and file a separate Form 8822 for each child. If you are a representative signing for the taxpayer, attach to Form 8822 a copy of your power of attorney. Generally, it takes 4 to 6 weeks to process a change of address.

Federal Form 8822 Change of Address is available in the following TaxAct programs:

  • Professional Editions - 1040, 1065, 1120S, and 1120 returns
  • Consumer 1040 Edition

To complete Form 8822 in the TaxAct program:

  1. Sign in to your TaxAct Online return
  2. Click Tools to expand the category, then click Forms Assistant
  3. Expand the Federal Forms folder, and then expand the Forms and Schedules folder
  4. Scroll down to locate Form 8822-Change of Address, and then click on Quick Entry Available
  5. Click Add to create a new copy of the form or click Form to review a form already created
  6. While on the form, click the Form Instructions link in the top left corner for the instructions and information on mailing the form to the IRS.  As stated at the top of the printed form, it should not be attached to the return and so must be mailed separately to the IRS.  You cannot electronically file Form 8822.
  7. After completing the form, click Close Form.

To print Form 8822

  1. From within your TaxAct Online return, click Print Center in the left column.
  2. Click Custom
  3. Click the checkbox(es) to the left of what you wish to print (the top section contains individual forms or schedules and the bottom section contains documents or worksheets). You may need to scroll down in the section to locate the item. 
  4. Click Print and then click the PDF link. Click the printer icon or the save icon (available when you hover your mouse over the bottom of the PDF form) to print or save the PDF copy.

Note: If you see a message indicating you have not paid your return fees, click the View/Pay link, which will direct you through the Paper Filing steps. Continue through the screens until you have processed the payment for your product fees and then repeat the steps to print. 

  1. From within your TaxAct Desktop return, click on Forms in the top toolbar
  2. Expand the Federal folder, and then expand the Forms and Schedules folder
  3. Click on '+' next to Form 8822-Change of Address, and then double-click on Add Copy (or click on the name of the form to open a form previously created)
  4. Fill out the form, and then click the Printer icon in the toolbar to print the form and mail to the IRS
  5. Click the Form Instructions icon (to the left of the Printer icon and the Calculator icon) in the toolbar for the instructions and information on mailing the form to the IRS.  As stated at the top of the printed form, it should not be attached to the return and so must be mailed separately to the IRS.  You cannot electronically file Form 8822.

To print Form 8822 (Desktop & Preparer):

  1. Click Tools to expand the category, then click Forms Assistant
  2. Expand the Federal folder and then expand the Forms and Schedules folder
  3. Scroll down and click Form 8822 - Change of Address
  4. Click Print and then click Your Federal Form 8822.pdf. The form will appear in a PDF read only format. At that time you can click the printer icon to actually print the form or close the window without printing. 

Additional Information

  • If this change also affects the mailing address for the taxpayer’s children who filed income tax returns, complete and file a separate Form 8822 for each child.
  • If you are a representative signing for the taxpayer, attach to Form 8822 a copy of your power of attorney.
  • If the taxpayer is changing both a home and business address, use a separate Form 8822 to show each change.
  • It is not necessary to file an amended return to change your address with IRS. If you are amending your tax return for reasons other than to change your address, you will need to mail Form 8822 with the amended return. However, if you have already sent your amended return, Form 8822 can be mailed by itself.
  • The mailing address for Form 8822 is state-specific according to your current address. Please refer to page 2 of Form 8822 to obtain the proper filing address.

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