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.
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.
You may also write to inform us that your address is changing. Tell us you're changing your address by providing us your:
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.
It can take four to six weeks for a change of address request to be fully processed.
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:
To complete Form 8822 in the TaxAct program:
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:
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.
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):
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