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Per Topic No. 157 Change Your Address – How to Notify the IRS:

If your address has changed, you need to notify the IRS to ensure you receive any tax refunds or IRS 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 our records. Be sure to also notify your return 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, you should also directly notify the IRS as described below.

By Form

To change your address with the IRS, you may complete a Form 8822, Change of Address, (For Individual, Gift, Estate, or Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Returns) and/or a Form 8822-B, 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.

In Writing

You may also write to inform us that your address is changing. Tell us you're changing your address by providing us your:

  • full name
  • old and new addresses
  • social security number, individual taxpayer identification number, or employer identification number, and
  • signature

Joint Filers - If you filed a joint return, you should provide the information and signatures for both spouses. Send your written address change information to the IRS addresses listed in the instructions to the tax forms you filed.

Separated - If you filed a joint return and you now have separate residences, each joint taxpayer should notify us of your new, separate addresses.

Employment Tax Returns

If the change of address relates to an employment tax return, the IRS issues confirmation notices (Notices 148A and 148B) for the change to both the new and former address.

Processing

It can take four to six weeks for a change of address request to be fully processed.

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, 1120-S, 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 down the left to expand, then click Forms Assistant.
  3. Expand the FEDERAL Forms folder, then expand the Forms and Schedules folder.
  4. Click Form 8822 - Change of Address, then click Add to create a new copy of the form or click Form to review a form already created.
  5. In the Quick Entry window, click the Form Instructions link in the top left corner for the instructions and information on mailing the form to the IRS, complete the form, then click Save & Close.

Note. 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:

  1. From within your TaxAct Online return, click Print Center down the left to expand, then click Custom Print.
  2. Check 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 items.
  3. Click Print, then click the PDF link. Click the printer icon or the save icon (available when you hover your mouse over 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 your return fees 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 Forms in the top toolbar.
  2. Click to expand the Federal folder, then click to expand the Forms and Schedules folder.
  3. Click to expand Form 8822-Change of Address, then double-click Add Copy (or click the name of the form to open a previously created form).
  4. Fill out the form, 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 and Calculator icons) in the toolbar for the instructions and information on mailing the form to the IRS.

Note. 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 e-file Form 8822.

To print Form 8822 (Desktop & Preparer):

  1. Click Tools to expand, then click Forms Assistant.
  2. Click to expand the Federal folder, then click to expand the Forms and Schedules folder.
  3. Scroll down and click Form 8822 - Change of Address.
  4. Click Print, 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.

Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the document at the time it is accessed.


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